Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco (File photo)

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported on Friday that official ballots for four regions and one province have already been printed which would be used in the October Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).

Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said these ballots for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Caraga, Soccsksargen, Davao Region and the province of Batanes.

“Per update of the printing committee, 15 percent of the projected ballot quantities have been printed,” he said in a message to reporters.

The poll body official added that the number will increase based on the hearings to be conducted next month by the Election Registration Board (ERB) on the applications for registration that have been submitted by voter applicants.

“These are projected figures as the final quantity will be determined after the conduct of the Election Registration Board Hearings come February, to include all approved applications for this registration cycle, as well as those subject for inclusion/exclusion by the Courts. The 15 percent fully completed is comprised of the 4 regions subject of first deployment (BARMM, CARAGA, XI, XII and the Province of Batanes), with additional printings to be done, if any, per the results of the coming ERB Hearings,” Laudiangco added.

The Comelec has started printing the ballots last year, in preparation for the BSKE originally scheduled for Dec. 5, 2022.

In October last year, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. signed into law Republic Act 11935 which moved the village and youth polls to Oct. 30, 2023. (PNA)