Deployment of various equipment for the May 9 local and national elections has started, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday.
In a statement, the poll body said first to be deployed were vote counting machine (VCM) external batteries and ballot boxes.
The poll body said the deployment of VCM external batteries from its warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, to local hubs nationwide will last until March 31 while the deployment of ballot boxes will last until April 10.
"Non-accountable forms and supplies are the next to be deployed on 16 February from the COMELEC warehouse in Quezon City to the provincial and city treasurers in priority areas," the Comelec said.
VCMs, consolidation and canvassing system (CCS) machines and transmission equipment will be dispatched from April 2 to 19, it added.
On the other hand, official ballots and indelible ink coming from the National Printing Office (NPO) will be deployed to the city and municipal treasurers from April 20 to May 5.
"Notice has been given to all political parties, political candidates, party-list groups and accredited citizens' arms of the Commission through the modes mandated by law," the Comelec said. --KBK, GMA News