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Dumaguete City, Philippines Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Shipping of election materials up

MANILA - The Commission on Elections will start sending election paraphernalia, including official ballots, to the different parts of the country this week.

This as the bill proposing the postponement of this month's Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls has yet to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the shipping of non-accountable forms to cities and municipalities in Luzon and the Visayas will begin tomorrow.

He noted that the deployment of the 59.5 million official ballots to be used in the elections will start next week.

“The shipping of official ballots is expected to begin October 11," Jimenez said in a statement yesterday.

He added that the deployment will begin with the farthest areas while ballots for Metro Manila will be delivered last.

Jimenez noted that shipped ballots would be under the custody of the local treasurer's office in case the law postponing the polls is signed.

“If it's already with the municipal treasurer, then custody is likely to remain with them. Storage for unshipped ballots, meanwhile, will be at a Comelec designated warehouse or storage facility,” he explained.

The poll body has already completed the printing of all the 59,548,410 ballots for the barangay and SK polls.

The House of Representatives has adopted the Senate version of the bill calling for the postponement of the polls to May 2018.*PNA


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