Ballot printing in the Philippines finishes ahead of schedule

Manila, The Philippines - April 14, 2016 - Ballot printing for the May 9 elections in the Philippines has been completed 15 days ahead of schedule. Each one of these 56 million paper ballots, is unique and contains several security features.

Elie Moreno, Smartmatic Philippines General Manager and Project Director, lauded the accomplishment by describing it as a “great milestone achieved in record time.”

Following the schedule of activities, authorities will be testing the ballots during coming days to verify that the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) read them properly.

As part of the efforts being made to inform public opinion on the progress of the election, Moreno made other important announcements:

•    Start of Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV). 1.3M registered Filipino voters are eligible to vote using Vote Counting Machines in 18 countries.
The Philippine Commission on Elections has implemented numerous innovations in the OAV, chief of which is the increase of posts and countries where voters will be able to cast their ballots using Vote Counting Machines.

•    Vote Counting Machine configuration on schedule. 93,754 VCM to register the vote of the Filipinos across the Asian archipelago are currently being configured for the General Election. The process is right on schedule and approximately 50% of the VCMs are ready for deployment.

•    Source code audit to end on April 15. Since October, technicians from political parties and NGOs have been auditing the source code running the automated election system. This process is scheduled to finish successfully on April 15. It is important to note that in addition to this process, the US-based company SLI Global also certified that the source code is election-ready.

Commenting on the progress of the project, Moreno added “We are on the right track to deliver an election the Philippines can feel proud of”.