Poll ballots printed on world's best machine

  • Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

    Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

    AFP News
    Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Thursday it has stopped flying shark fin cargoes, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation. The fins are used in shark fin soup, a much-valued delicacy in Hong Kong and China. Conservationists say booming demand for such fins has put pressure on the world's shark populations, prompting calls for measures to restrict their trade. Air New Zealand as well as South Korea's two largest airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, …

  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    AFP News
    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of nature are growing threats. The artworks have been declared a national treasure, regarded as the best proof that relatively sophisticated societies existed in the Philippines in the Stone Age. "They show that in ancient times, the Philippines did have a complex culture. Museum scientists believe the carvings date back to …

  • Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    AFP News
    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation to the victims of the tragedy, which saw eight tourists from Hong Kong killed following a bus hijacking in Manila in 2010, as well as an apology. "The resolution of the incident enables the normalisation of the …

  • Residents of conflictive Rio slum stage protest

    Residents of conflictive Rio slum stage protest

    Associated Press
    Residents of conflictive Rio slum stage protest

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum that saw deadly clashes with police earlier this week are staging a protest in the Copacabana beach neighborhood. …

  • Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

    Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

    Associated Press
    Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

    Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from ... …

Pinoys may rest assured that all 52 million voters in the May polls will each have a ballot, thanks to the printing machines that are the "world's latest."

Ballot printing will in fact probably be finished weeks before the deadline, the National Printing Office, the government agency tasked with producing the ballots, on Wednesday said.

"We are confident that we will be able to do it in 65 days," NPO Assistant Director Raul Nagrampa told reporters at the sidelines of the printing facility's unveiling ceremony.

Related story: Lakas-CMD may field Bong Revilla in 2016 presidential polls

Printing of ballots is set to begin by Feb. 4 and is expelast until April 25 in time for the May 2013 polls.

Expected to speed up the processare three Canon Color Stream 3000 printers NPO leased through a P780-million contract with the Holy Family Printing Corp. ant Canon Marketing Phil.

"The technology of the printing machines we chose for this project is the latest in the world that we are confident of finishing the printing two weeks ahead of schedule, God willing," NPO Director Emmanuel Andaya said during the event.

In other news: Trump Jr. wants U.S. ship saved before Tubbataha

"And we are going to do this with lesser budget compared to the 2010 ballot printing," he added.

The printing machines are expected to produce 300 ballots a minute while working 18 hours a day.

The ballots will have five security features, Andaya said, while noting that the faciliy will be secured with closed-circuit televisions and observers.

A staff of 42 will also man the machines over three shifts for round-the-clock operations, during which machines will are expected to run for 18 hours.

Also read: Philippine bishops urge morality vote after defeat

After printing, ballots will be validated using 156 precint count optical scan machines in the NPO facility.

Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. in the same event, meanwhile, hailed the development as "the commencement of our electoral process."
"NPO will be the starting line. The ballot is the heart of the elections. Kung walang balota, walang bibilangin (Without ballots, there's nothing to count)," Brillantes said.

Related slideshow: Senate aspirants file COCs

Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. files his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in Intramuros, Manila Oct 5. (Angela Galia, NPPA Images)
1 / 30
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 2:00 AM PHT

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options