Twelve candidates running for city councilors in the two districts of Bacoor City, Cavite have asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to make the necessary correction on the ballot templates.
In its 11-page petition, the Lakas CMD local aspirants said the poll body should correct the templates before the ballots are printed or, if had been printed to re-print them.
“It is respectfully prayed for the Commission to direct the NPPO to cease and desist from printing or causing the printing of the ballots for District 1 and 2, Bacoor City until this case has been resolved… and after due hearing, issue a resolution ordering the revision of the respective ballot templates to reflect the correct list of candidates in each district,” the petitioners said.
In their petition, the candidates explained that the names appearing on the ballots for the First District were for the Second District and those appearing on ballots for the Second District were for the First District.
Petitioners were Mike Bautista, Rowena Bautista-Mendiola, Venus de Castro, Reynaldo Fabian, Edwin Gawaran, and Boy Solis, all running for councilors in District 1.
The 2nd District candidates for councilors were Bayani de Leon, Boy de Leon, King Gutierrez, Robert Javier, Gudeng Nolasco, and Rey Palabrica.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said all the ballots printed by the National Printing Office (NPO) are being checked and re-checked before they are forwarded to the poll body.
“We reviewed the entire country nang malaman natin na may problemang ganun. So we've been reviewing the entire country and the corrections have been made for the entire country. It's not as widespread as some people might say,” said Jimenez in an interview.
He noted that since the elections are still more than one and a half month they have enough time for corrective measures.
However, Jimenez said he is not aware if the official ballots for the area have already been printed or not.
Meanwhile, NPO Deputy Director Raul Nagrampa revealed they have already printed 80 percent of 42.6 million of the 53.4 million ballots.
He added that they expect the printing to be completed by April 2.
On February 4, the NPO started printing the ballots and were given until April 25 to complete the project. (PNA)