The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday started printing over 350,000 official ballots at the National Printing Office in Quezon City for the special polls in the seventh legislative district of Cavite on Feb. 25.
Comelec chairperson George Erwin Garcia said they are looking to finish the process including verification among others in over a week.
“The printing process including the verification will be done in 10 days,” he said at the press briefing before the kick-off ceremony of the printing of the ballots in Quezon City.
A total of 355,184 ballots will be printed, the same number of registered voters in four areas in the province.
These are the capital Trece Martires City with 29,171 voters, and the municipalities of Amadeo, 29,172; Indang, 46,552; and Tanza, 159,950.
The district has 116 barangays and 75 voting centers. The special polls will be automated as they will be using vote counting machines (VCMs) numbering 852, including backup machines.
Four aspirants are vying for the position to represent the district in the House of Representatives—Jose Angelito Domingo Aguinaldo, Melencio Loyola De Sagun Jr., Michael Angelo Santos and Crispin Diego Diaz Remulla, who is running under the National Unity Party.
The position was declared vacant after former Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla accepted his appointment by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as Secretary of Justice.