The overseas absentee voting, which is one of the most anticipated events for Filipinos all over the world, especially those in France, will take place from 10 April to 9 May – spanning a whole month. The first step is to cross-check their names against the list of certified foreign voters at their local Philippine Foreign Post.
Keeping this in mind, it is critical that registered abroad Filipino voters understand the processes and requirements for voting in future elections in their respective countries.
However, bear in mind that this may vary from location to location, so make sure you are aware of your country’s foreign post’s requirements on how to vote in France. Before engaging in the overseas voting procedure, overseas Filipino voters are asked to double-check their information on the website of the Philippine Foreign Post. You might begin by reading this guide to learn more about the step-by-step approach for a smooth and trouble-free overseas voting experience from France.
Voting Guidelines in France for the 2022 Philippine Elections
Filipinos who wish to vote in France may now do so in a safe and straightforward manner. If their name is on the country’s list of certified overseas voters (CLOV), they must vote in person or by post at the Philippine Foreign Post between April 10 and May 9.
Of course, no one enjoys having to wait in line or having their plans disturbed on any given day. Nonetheless, this is an ideal opportunity for abroad Filipino employees and French residents to mark their calendars for the offshore voting session.
Step by Step Procedure of Voting as a Filipino in France
Step 1 – Check if your name is on the list of registered voters in France here.
Step 2 – Vote wisely.
You should know who to vote for right now, including the candidates’ professional and political histories, as well as their views on matters such as employment, health, foreign workers, and immigration, to name a few.
In an advisory released by the Philippine Embassy in France, it said that it will implement the POSTAL VOTING SYSTEM. This is one way wherein voters may cast their ballots through mail, which will be distributed by post. In line with this, the Philippine Embassy offered the following reminders:
- After you accomplish your mailed ballot, make sure that it is properly sealed before mailing it back to the Embassy.
- Each ballot is enclosed with a stamp or seal that is required upon mailing it back to the Embassy.
- Make sure to send the accomplished ballot on or before 09 May 2022.
* For more information regarding the overseas absentee voting in France, you may follow the Facebook page and website of the Philippine Embassy.
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Step 3 – Cast your ballot in the vote-counting machine or VCM (formerly known as the PCOS machine).
This will increase the efficiency of vote counting and review. Also, ensure that you have completed all relevant sections of the ballot so that you do not neglect to vote for anyone.
Step 4 – Get the indelible ink marked on your index finger.
This will serve as proof that you have already voted when you exit the Philippine Foreign Post. And you’re done! 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 France
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.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has posted a film on the upcoming overseas elections. More information about voting from outside the Philippines can be gathered here.
Every qualified OFW and Filipino immigrant in France must vote in order to fulfill their rights and obligations as Filipino citizens. Having said that, all Filipinos, no matter where they are in the world, must educate themselves on what to anticipate and do on Election Day.
Overseas Filipinos are given one whole month to vote. This should provide enough of time for everyone to consider who should be elected as the country’s future leader. Once they’ve made their decision, officials from the Philippine Foreign Posts in France will assist them in voting promptly and efficiently.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to be able to vote in the 2022 National Elections?
During election season, Filipino citizens are required to produce their original passports or mariners’ books to the polls. Residents of France with dual citizenship must additionally provide their ID card or permission document in order to vote.
How do I know if I am a registered voter in France?
The list of registered Filipino voters in France, as well as the list of Filipino seafarers, is available on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) website or at any of the country’s Philippine Foreign Posts. Only registered Filipino voters will be able to vote in the 2022 elections.
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 France are advised to monitor the Philippine Foreign Post’s social media outlets for election updates.
The Philippine Foreign Posts in France works hard to make overseas voting as straightforward and accessible as possible for all Filipinos living in the nation. As a result, they ask that Filipinos around the country double-check the list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) before casting their ballots at the Philippine Foreign Post beginning on April 10.
It is anticipated that with the information provided in this article, overseas Filipinos, wherever they may be in the world, would enjoy trouble-free elections this year. Also, keep in mind that overseas absentee voting occurs prior to national elections in the home country, so please spread this information to your friends, coworkers, and family members who might need this.
Embassy of the Philippines in Paris, France
ADDRESS: 4, hameau de Boulainvilliers 75016 Paris, France
PHONE LOCAL: (01) 4414.5700
FAX: LOCAL: (01) 4647.5600
WEB SITE: http://www.parispe.dfa.gov.ph
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