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Jan 27, 2016
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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has postponed the printing of ballots for the second time to February 8 after considering pending disqualification cases against some candidates.

Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said this will be the last time they were delaying the printing of ballots, Inquirer.net reported.

"If they still move the printing then they better be ready to also postpone the elections," he said.

Initially, the Comelec scheduled the printing of ballots on January 26. But this was moved to February 1 as the poll body needed more time to finalize its official list of candidates.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista explained this was the best move to please all involved parties, particularly the camps of the candidates.

"We're trying to accommodate the calls of certain quarters, and again, just to show that we're not trying to railroad or trying to favor any candidate, we think it would be better if a final decision is reached in respect of the cases against certain candidates," he said.

Among those facing disqualification cases are presidential aspirants Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Poe is facing multiple disqualification cases questioning the validity of her residency qualifications to run for higher office.

Meanwhile, technicalities on Duterte's substitution as standard-bearer of the PDP-Laban party were also being questioned.

"Regardless of what the decision [of the Supreme Court] is, we will abide by the decision," Bautista said.

The Comelec is expecting to finalize the list of candidates by February 3 and will then begin printing the 57 million ballots for the national elections.

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