Why printing vote receipts is a costly decision

ABS-CBN News

MANILA - An election lawyer on Wednesday said the Supreme Court decision ordering Comelec to print voting receipts on Election Day will be a costly decision.

Atty. Romulo Macalintal said the Supreme Court decision ordering Comelec to print voter receipts during the automated polls will automatically disrupt the poll body's timetable.

"There is a cost involved. You have to buy thermal paper. You have to retrain teachers. You need additional personnel to guard the ballot boxes that will contain the receipts. That's 6,000 a day at 90,000 precincts nationwide, that's P540 million," he said.

Macalintal said it might be better to delay the May 9 election rather than extend the actual voting hours or even revert to manual elections.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista earlier claimed printing the receipts will add at least 10 hours to the voting process.

RADIO DZMM, March 9, 2016