MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday reported that it is almost done with the printing of official ballots for the October 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).

Comelec data showed that as of Feb. 18, a total of 49,599,193 village ballots, or 74.06 percent, have already been printed for 15 regions, out of the 66,973,949 ballots to be printed.

These ballots are for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), 2,617,756; Caraga, 1,897,744; Region 12 (Soccsksargen), 2,752,355; Region Cagayan Valley (Batanes only), 13,818; Region 11 (Davao Region), 3,298,734; Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), 3,104,191; Region 9 (Soccsksargen), 2,342,682; Region 8 (Eastern Visayas), 3,221,370;

Region 7 (Central Visayas), 5,339,473; Region 6 (Western Visayas), 5,117,270; Region 5 (Bicol Region), 3,979,032; Region 4-B (Mimaropa), 2,029,901; Region 4-A (Calabarzon), 9,362,854; Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), 2,336,381; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 1,093,397;

For Region 1, a total of 1,092,235 ballots or 30.4 percent have so far been printed out of the 3,588,945 ballots have to be printed.

The printing of ballots for National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 3 (Central Luzon) numbering to 7,465,635 and 7,412,411 respectively has yet to commence.

On the other hand, a total of 21,422,300 youth ballots or 90.62 percent have been printed, out of the 23,639,577 ballots to be printed.

The areas that already finished printing are: Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), 1,056,353; Caraga, 743,764; Central Visayas, 977,941; Region Cagayan Valley (Batanes only), 4,403; Davao Region, 1,112,301; Northern Mindanao, 1,157,780; Zamboanga Peninsula, 906,389; Eastern Visayas, 1,305,227.

Ballots for NCR numbering to 2,217,177 have yet to start printing.

The poll body started printing the ballots in September 2022. (PNA)