Comelec moves printing of ballots amid technical issues

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 19)— The printing of ballots for the May polls did not start as scheduled amid "various technical factors," the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday.

In a message to reporters, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said its printing committee moved the activity to a later date, "tentatively" on Thursday, Jan. 20.

"The committee assures the public that this later start will not negatively impact the Comelec's preparations for the elections," Jimenez added.

The poll body is expected to print a total of 67,442,714 ballots — 65,745,512 of which will be for the local voters while 1,697,202 will be for overseas voters.

Officials earlier said the last set of ballots will likely be printed around April 12 to 21, days before Filipinos cast their votes on May 9.

Comelec's latest tentative list of candidates shows there are 10 aspirants for president, nine for vice president, and 64 for senators.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Melissa Lopez contributed to this report.