One of the most awaited events in the Philippines is the presidential elections. This event is happening in May 2022, and it will determine who will lead the country for the next six years. While they can still vote in their host country, overseas voters will have to follow a different voting process. Due to the different processes involved in overseas voting for the Philippine national elections, it is important for overseas voters to prepare properly.
By validating your name in the list, you will be able to proceed with the voting process that’s facilitated by the Philippine foreign missions in your host country.
Before the election, it’s important that you thoroughly prepare for the process of overseas voting. This can be done by going through various websites that contain information about the candidates. It can also help if you get a leave of absence from work to vote. If you’re already registered to vote in the UK, this article will help you get started. Be sure to read this guide until the end to learn more.
Philippine Elections 2022: List of Registered Filipino OFW Voters in UK – London
As preparations for the upcoming presidential election gather momentum, Filipinos in different parts of the globe can expect the release of the voting schedule in the coming weeks.
Before the election, make sure that you’re ready to vote in person or by mail. Doing so will allow you to provide a great service to your countrymen and the Filipino nation.
Despite not being in the Philippines, Filipinos in the UK have a huge role in choosing the country’s next president.
Since Filipinos in the UK are among the largest group of overseas Filipinos in the world, their votes will most likely impact the results of the election.
Aside from making sure that you’re eligible to vote, there are also various ways to check if you’re qualified to do so.
Certified List of Overseas Voters in London, United Kingdom
You can check the information on the Philippine Embassy’s website or in person. You can also check the list of Filipinos who are eligible to vote in the UK by referring to the following:
- Check OFW voters list in UK here – https://comelec.gov.ph/php-tpls-attachments/OverseasVoting/2022NLE/CLOV/EUROPE/LONDON.pdf
The list will cover the UK region. Since there’s only one foreign post issuing the list, make sure that you double-check the guide and coordinate with embassy officers accordingly should you require clarification or assistance. This list is simple to use. It features a huge list of names, all of which are alphabetically organized. Furthermore, COMELEC officers may have added data or notes to the list. There are two methods to navigate this list: scrolling through the entire list or utilizing a simple shortcut.
Tip: To prevent having to go through the extensive list of names, use CTRL + F. On the page, a search box will open, into which you may enter your last name to check if you are included. Because the document may not display the information you need, be sure your name is put correctly and without any additional spaces.
If your name has been included in the country’s official voter list, you can cast your vote in the upcoming presidential elections in 2022 between April 27 and May 9. This will give overseas Filipinos enough time to prepare and register to vote or to visit a local Foreign Service Post. Before the election polls are opened, make sure that you inform your employers so they can accommodate you in allowing you to vote.
Question: What if I’m not on the list, can I still vote?
Answer: Those who have not registered to vote will not be able to vote in the upcoming elections. This means they’ll have to wait till the current season is over before signing up for the next one. Here’s a brief guide on registering to vote when living overseas. Do it as quickly as possible — or, at the absolute least, when the election season is through.
If you encounter any difficulties or require assistance with the overseas voting procedure, please contact the officials at the Philippine Embassy and Consulate-General offices in the United States, who would happily assist you. You can contact them using the information supplied at the end of this tutorial.
How to Find your name in the list of overseas voters?
Answer: Simply click on the PDF file supplied on the websites of Philippine embassies or consulates to find your name. Although you may or may not be able to download the PDF list, it is vital that you evaluate its contents in order to decide whether or not to participate in the voting process.
What does it mean if my name is included in the list of Overseas Voters?
This indicates that you have completed all of the registration requirements. You can now vote from abroad if you have properly registered for the elections! Congratulations! Make advantage of your voting privileges because EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
What if my name is not on the list of registered voters?
Unfortunately, you will not be able to vote in the Philippines’ 2022 elections. You’ll have to wait till the elections are done to register for the next one. That being said, make sure you register correctly and on time for the next one so that you may exercise your right to vote, even if you reside overseas!
I registered as an overseas absentee voter in 2013 and I was able to vote in the 2013 and 2016 National Elections but was unable to vote in the 2019 Elections. Do I still need to apply for certification to vote abroad?
No, your name will still appear on the National Registry of Overseas Voters and the certified voter list in your nation. If you do not vote in the 2022 elections in your home country, your name will be deleted from the voter list at your embassy or consulate.
I registered as an overseas voter in 2019 but I know I will be in the Philippines come May 2022. Can I vote in the 2022 elections in the Philippines?
Yes, however you must submit a Letter of Request for Registration Transfer from your host country’s embassy or consulate to Manila, as well as the COMELEC-OFOV.
When will the list of certified absentee voters in the UK be released?
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will create a list of overseas voters for the May elections and distribute it through various foreign offices across the world within 120 days before the polling dates.
You may read the official statement here: “Preparation and Posting of Certified List of Overseas Absentee Voters. – The Commission shall prepare the Certified List of Overseas Absentee Voters within one hundred twenty (120) days before every election, and furnish within the same period copies thereof to the appropriate embassies, consulates, and other foreign service establishments, which shall post the same in their bulletin boards within ten (10) days from receipt thereof.”
Your vote is very important to the government as it enables its citizens to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Regardless of who you vote for in the upcoming elections, it’s important that voters exercise their rights. Election Day is a day that people can cast their votes for the best leader for the country!
Remember, the country needs more intelligent votes in order to maintain its rights. This is why it’s so important to vote for the right people.
Through the right to vote, Filipinos can join various social and political activities that can improve the country’s development. To ensure that the elections are conducted in a fair and peaceful manner, they must follow the guidelines established by the government, wherever they may be casting their votes in the world.
Regardless of their political beliefs or affiliation, Filipinos must exercise their right to vote. Doing so means that they care about their country and future generations. Through this guide, we hope that our readers will be able to better understand the various steps in order to cast their votes abroad, and make the decision to cast their votes, not for any particular candidate but for the Philippines.
So, have you signed up to vote in the next elections? What was your experience like doing so from the United Kingdom? Do you have any advice for other Filipinos who haven’t decided whether or not to vote in the national elections this year? Please leave a remark in the section below — we’d love to know what you think! Also, please share this article with any friends or family members who may benefit from it.
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