The overseas absentee voting, which is one of the highly anticipated events of Filipinos from all over the world, including those in Australia, will be held from 10 April to 9 May – an entire month. The first step to do this is by checking their names on the list of certified overseas voters at their local Philippine Foreign Post.
Keeping this in mind, it is vital that registered overseas Filipino voters understand the procedures and conditions for participating in future elections in their respective countries.
However, keep in mind that this may differ from one place to another, so make sure you familiarize yourself with your respective foreign post’s guidelines on how to vote in Australia. Overseas Filipino voters are encouraged to double-check their information on the website of the Philippine Foreign Post before participating in the overseas voting procedure.
You can get started on this process by reading this guide to learn more about the step-by-step procedure for a seamless and trouble-free abroad voting experience from Australia.
Voting Guidelines in Australia for the 2022 Philippine Elections
Filipinos who have registered to vote in Australia may now do so in a secure and simple manner. They must vote in person at the Philippine Foreign Post between April 10 and May 9 if their name is on the country’s list of certified overseas voters. (CLOV).
Of course, no one likes waiting in line or having their plans disrupted on any given day. Nonetheless, this is an excellent time for overseas Filipino employees and residents of Australia to mark their calendars for the overseas voting session.
Step by Step Procedure of Voting as a Filipino in Australia
Step 1 – Check if your name is on the list of registered voters in Australia here.
Step 2 – Vote wisely.
You should know who to vote for at this time, including the candidates’ career history and political backgrounds, as well as their stances on issues such as employment, health, foreign workers, and immigration, to mention a few.
Step 3 – Cast your ballot in the vote counting machine or VCM (formerly known as PCOS machine).
This will improve the efficiency of vote review and counting. Also, be certain that you have filled out all relevant portions of the ballot so that you do not forget to vote for anyone.
Step 4 – Get the indelible ink marked on your index finger.
When you leave the Philippine Foreign Post, this will serve as proof that you have already voted. That’s it You may now leave the poll and go home, work, spend the day with your friends, or take a day off.
Overseas Filipino Voting Schedule in Australia
Voting for the overseas elections begins from 8 a.m. (local time) to 7 p.m. (Philippine time), from April 10, 2022, through May 9, 2022.
During this period, walk-ins are welcomed at all Philippine Foreign Posts. However, in order to vote in the ongoing overseas absentee voting, you must authenticate your details on-site.
Video: HALINA’T BUMOTO!
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has issued a video regarding the upcoming overseas elections. More information about voting from outside the Philippines may be found here.
To fulfill their right and responsibilities as Filipino citizens, every eligible OFW and Filipino immigrant in Australia must participate in the elections. That being stated, all Filipinos, regardless of where they are in the globe, must educate themselves on what to expect and do on Election Day.
Overseas Filipinos have an entire month to vote. This should give everyone plenty of time to think on who should be elected as the country’s next leader. Once they’ve decided, staff from the Philippine Foreign Posts in Australia will help them vote quickly and effectively.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to be able to vote in the 2022 National Elections?
During the election season, Filipino citizens must bring their original passports or mariners’ books to the polls. Residents of Australia with dual citizenship must also provide their ID card or certificate of authorization in order to vote.
How do I know if I am a registered voter in Australia?
The list of registered Filipino voters in Australia, as well as the list of Filipino seafarers, may be found on the website of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) or at any of the country’s Philippine Foreign Posts. In the 2022 elections, only registered Filipino voters will be eligible to vote.
How does COMELEC decide on which voter records to deactivate?
The Commission on Elections deactivated the records of voters who did not vote in at least two elections (COMELEC).
When can applicants collect their Voter’s ID?
The Commission on Elections has paused the distribution and fabrication of voter identity cards across the country due to the implementation of Republic Act 11055, or the National ID System.
The Philippine Statistics Authority is working hard to implement the National ID system in the country. It is slated for implementation in all foreign service occupations by 2022.
Where can I find important information and updates on overseas voting?
Filipinos in Australia are advised to monitor the Philippine Foreign Post’s social media outlets for election updates.
The Philippine Foreign Posts in Australia works hard to make the overseas voting process as simple and accessible for all Filipinos living in the country. As a result, they request that Filipinos around in the nation double-check the list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) before voting at the Philippine Foreign Post starting April 10.
With the information provided in this guide, it is hoped that all overseas Filipinos, wherever they may be in the world, would have trouble-free elections this year. And, as a reminder, overseas absentee voting occurs before national elections in the home country, so be sure to share this message with your friends, coworkers, and family members.
Embassy of Philippines in Canberra
ADDRESS: 1 Moonah Place Yarralumla, Canberra ACT 2600 Australia
PHONE: (02) 6273.2535
WEB SITE: http://www.philembassy.au.com/
NOTES – Jurisdiction: Nauru, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
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Consulate-General of Philippines in Sydney
ADDRESS: Level 1, 27-33 Wentworth Ave. Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
PHONE: (02) 9262.7377
WEB SITE: http://www.philippineconsulate.com.au/
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