Operation ‘Snowpake’. Correction fluid will make ballots for Oct. 2017 ‘re-usable’ in May 2018
Commission on Elections chairman Andy Bautista on Thursday assured the P600 million that Comelec had already spent for the printing of ballots would not go to waste.
The Senate approved on third and final reading the postponement of the October 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to May 2018 a few weeks after Comelec had started printing the ballots.
“Reusable naman. Hindi naman lahat ng gastos na ‘yan ay masasayang,” he said in an interview at the Senate.
“In fact, pinag-aaralan na namin ngayon kung paano natin magagamit itong mga balotang naimprenta para sa susunod na halalan,” Bautista said hours before he defended the proposed 2018 budget of Comelec.
The poll chief said the National Printing Office (NPO) has already printed 26 million ballots for the barangay elections and 1.6 million ballots for the SK polls.
“Dalawa ang options natin. One is for the Comelec en banc to pass a resolution na gamitin na lang, as in kahit na ang petsang nakasulat ay October 23, 2017. P’wede namang sabihin na gagamitin ‘yan kung ipagpapaliban man sa Mayo (2018),” he said.
“The other alternative (is) p’wede natin lagyan ng sticker o parang ‘Snowpake.’ Pero, s’yempre meron na naman karagdagang gastos ‘yan. So, titimbangin natin ‘yan pagdating ng araw kung ano ang mas magandang opsyon na ating kukunin,” Bautista added.