52M ballots printed in ‘record breaking’ time



Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. and fellow commissioners Elias Yusoph and Lucenito Tagle witness the remaining ballots printed for the May 2013 elections. The National Printing Office completed printing all 52 million ballots, three weeks ahead of the April 25 schedule for completion.  Video by INQUIRER.net’s Matikas Santos

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced Wednesday that it has finished printing all 52 million ballots for the May 2013 elections, three weeks ahead of schedule.

“Everything is in the implementation stage, all preparations are finished,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. told reporters in an interview.

“This is the evidence that we are ready for the 2013 elections,” he said.
The ballots were printed in the National Printing Office (NPO) office in Quezon City for all registered voters including the overseas absentee voters.

The printing was completed in just 57 days, three weeks earlier than the scheduled completion date on April 25.

“We saved about two weeks,” Brillantes said. “This should set the manner of printing by the NPO for all subsequent printings of all automated elections in the future,” he said.
Brillantes witnessed the printing of the last ballot in a closing ceremony at the NPO office in Quezon City Wednesday.

The completion of the printing of 52,333,801 ballots in 57 days was “record breaking” Brillantes said.

He gave the credit to the NPO saying “if there is no ballot there is no election [and the] NPO did all the work, we just supported them.”

“They kept their promise and even finished earlier,” Brillantes said.

Comelec was also able to save money when the bidded out the printing contract to Holy Family Inc.

“The bidding that was conducted by NPO [and awarded] to Holy Family was very reasonably priced and their performance was excellent [for] a very low price,” he said.

Bonus for workers

After the last ballot was printed, NPO workers chanted “bonus! bonus!” and Brillantes said they would consider giving extra pay given their excellent performance.

“[The Comelec en banc] can consider it, they did an excellent job. We will check if we have the extra budget for that,” he told reporters when asked if they really will give a bonus.

“We in the government cannot just give a bonus if it is not in the budget. But the bonus should go directly to the people; it will not be for the NPO,” he said.

The ballots are ready to be delivered to their respective places throughout the country where they will be used on Election Day on May 13.
Commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) head Henrietta De Villa also attended the event.

Brillantes expressed confidence during the first day of printing last February 4 that they will finish ahead of schedule.

He said that the three brand new Canon printers used have a higher printing capacity, up to a million ballots per day.

Originally posted at 11:15 am | Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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  • Horst Manure

    Good step backwards, in this day and age we should be able to do it all electronically using a Dumb phone or internet or a PC ‘s set up in polling booths, true a lot of people will be put out of business such as printers, paper suppliers etc but at least the ballot can’t be tampered with and results will be knows minutes after closing.

    • http://www.nephi-malit.com/ Nephi Malit

      “at least the ballot can’t be tampered with”

      Haha. Of course. Because we all know that data stored electronically is immune to tampering.

      • Horst Manure

        Haha only if you let them, of course you would make sure it can’t be altered.

      • http://www.nephi-malit.com/ Nephi Malit


      • Concur_Dissent

        layo no? ikaw kasi eh… sumawsaw ka dyan…hehehe

  • $26606290

    Great. Can your supplier help out Virginia Torres of the LTO?

  • JasonBieber

    With that said, that can only mean one thing come the May 13 elections…it appears that 52M ballots will not be scanned properly by the faulty PCOS machines. Please Comelec fix the machines and get the proper source codes.


    APPROVED ba ng 3 hari ng UNA yang balotang yan? Kailangan pa-approve kay TZUBIRI at kay Nancy Kasambahay ang pag-imprenta ng balota para walang reklamo sa bandang huli.

    • Concur_Dissent

      sorry hindi trabaho ni Nancy yan…trabaho nya ay bilang spokesman ni Toby Tiangco…hehehehe

  • Concur_Dissent

    Para sa mga talanka dyan…. issue nanaman eto para sa inyo na hanapan ng butas na tirahin ang administration…. yung mga pasaway na sala sa init sala sa lamig!

    • Simplify1

      how right you are man!

  • buttones

    Wow! I’m impressed! Just as a side comment why are these rather
    odd people wearing a corsage? Are they on their way to a dance?

    • mabuhay_si_marKy

      a small token for a great work done… my guess… ;-)

      • buttones

        Well I’ve never heard of buying flowers for guys whose machine worked rather well—oopps! OMG! I really should get out more….

      • mabuhay_si_marKy

        actually they are just in a mood for prayers that the machine would work, and it did! what a feat of miracle and then those flowers also just suddenly showed up! what a faith these men must have!

  • w33k3nd3r

    Sana po pati pag bibilang ng boto ganun din.

  • http://webusertoday.blogspot.com WebUserToday

    Impressive! Thanks for this inspiring news.

  • mabuhay_si_marKy

    kudos to the new pinas!!!
    so proud of where we are heading now! bagong pinas, hindi sa usap lang kundi sa gawa!
    mabuhay ang pilipino!!!

  • Don

    There are 52 million voters? But let me ask, how many of these voters are taxpayers? I insist that taxpaying citizens – land tax and/or income tax — are the only citizens who have the right to vote. If we introduce this reform, we will have more peaceful and cheaper elections, no more corrupt or lazy politicians in office, and a more progressive society. For as long as the uneducated masses can vote, we will always have dynasties, violence, corruption, and lousy government service. The traditional politicians and the human rights activitists will surely oppose this. Trapos want to retain the educated voters that’s why they pamper squatters. They know that the key to their staying in office is to keep the voters uneducated. On the other hand, the HR activists are warped in their thinking.

    • buttones

      Idealistic- and it won’t work- most of us pay tax in one form or another, even a simple litre of gas. And our electricity bills as well- No- we all pay some sort
      of tax-

    • Mang Teban

      I have understood right of suffrage to be without discrimination as to who pays taxes and who does not. If that is what you want, then that is no longer republican democracy but favored-few democracy. I don’t think that non-income taxpaying citizens should be deprived of their right to vote. They are also the most deprived in terms of government service – healthcare, employment, affordable shelter, prices within reach of basic commodities, education, access to obtain loans at low interest and peace & order. They live in overcrowded communities forced by circumstances of the social order and the unjust system of government involved in corruption and greed from the Big Business sector. The right to vote is the only remaining dignity they hold and a small power to be heard in a national vote – and you wish to take this away from them also?

      Also, our Internal Revenue Code exempts fixed-income taxpayers from paying income taxes due the following year which has been withheld in advance from them every month or at the period of the transaction. I think that what you are asking will be such a waste of time and money if the BIR would have to coordinate with the Comelec to list down all taxpayers to qualify as legitimate voters every time there is a forthcoming election. Taxpayers’ list changes from time to time because, apart from fixed-income taxpayers, there are those who pay based on gross income and those who pay based on net income after subtracting allowable deductions and other exemptions. Too tedious and cumbersome. Not worth all the trouble.

    • BawalAngReklamador

      Yari ka sa mga AKTIBISTA nyan kabayan.. kasi TATANGGALAN/BABAWASAN mo sila ng KARAPATAN.. hehehe

    • Simplify1

      There are both intelligent and moronic people like you from all walks of life.. mayaman o mahirap may salita dapat sa pag patakbo ng lipunan…. ang dapat mabawasan ang mga politikong GAYA MO UMISIP!! Have you considered that 26% of our people (those living in poverty) who does not and can not pay taxes will automatically be disenfranchised under your hairbrained “reform” as you call it??

  • Guest

    ialn ba registered voters? if ever how spar ballots is provided by law? baka kung saan gamityin ang extra ballots na yan

  • Euan Mac

    another nonsense election “maybe” ..

  • Commentator

    so? big deal na nakapag print na kayo ng ballots???

    OMFG. wow.

    tignan natin sa COUNTING OF VOTES kung may ipagyayabang kayo.

  • buttones

    A picture of some guys bedecked in their ribbons and their bows bowing over a photocopier- well now I have seen it all…..

  • joshmale2004

    52M ballots printed at a record breaking time. Well and good. Now let’s talk about how we will secure those ballots so it won’t be contaminated before the election.

  • disqusted0fu

    While the Comelec is 3 weeks ahead of schedule in finishing the printed ballots, they are 3 years delayed in fixing the PCOS machines. The machines will either just spit out or inaccurately read these successfully printed ballots. There’s no point in finishing it ahead of time.

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