The 2022 Philippine National Elections will be held between April 10 and May 9, 2022. Having said that, Filipinos in Hong Kong can vote promptly and safely in the next elections by checking their identities against the list of certified overseas voters at the Philippine Consulate-General. With this in mind, it is vital that registered overseas Filipinos understand the processes and conditions for voting in their respective countries’ future elections.
Keep in mind, however, that this may differ from one area to another, so make sure you follow the correct standards. Before commencing the overseas voting procedure, overseas voters in Hong Kong are recommended to double-check their information on the website of the Philippine Consulate-General.
To begin, you may utilize this guide to discover the step-by-step procedure for a smooth and hassle-free offshore voting experience from Hong Kong.
Voting Guidelines in Hong Kong for the 2022 Philippine Elections
Filipinos who are registered voters in Hong Kong may now vote fast and securely. After validating their name on the country’s list of certified overseas voters (CLOV), the next step is to participate in the overseas voting procedure at the Philippine foreign post between April 10 and May 9 (1 month).
Of course, no one enjoys spending a lengthy time in line or having their plans disturbed on any given day. It is, however, a good time for overseas Filipino employees and Hong Kong residents to plan their schedules for the overseas voting session. Here’s how to get started.
Step by Step Procedure of Voting as a Filipino in Hong Kong
Step 1 – Check if your name is on the list of registered voters in Hong Kong here.
Step 2 – Vote wisely.
You should know who to vote for at this point, including the candidates’ job history and political background, as well as their policies for employment, health, foreign workers and immigration, to name a few.
Step 3 – Cast your ballot in the vote-counting machine or VCM (formerly known as the PCOS machine).
This will facilitate a more efficient examination and recording of the votes. Also, ensure that you have shaded all relevant sections of the ballot so that you do not miss any names for whom you intend to vote.
Step 4 – Get the indelible ink marked on your index finger.
When you leave the Consulate-General, this will serve as proof that you voted earlier. That’s it! You may now exit the poll to go home, work, enjoy the day with your friends, or take the rest of the day off.
Overseas Filipino Voting Schedule in Hong Kong
The voting period for the overseas elections is from 8 a.m. local time to 7 p.m. Philippine time from April 10, 2022 to May 9, 2022.
During this whole period, walk-ins are welcome at the Consulate-General. You must, however, authenticate your details on-site to guarantee that you are qualified to vote in the ongoing overseas absentee voting.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has posted a film on the upcoming overseas elections. More information on the procedure for voting from abroad may be found here.
To fulfill their right and devotion to the country as Filipino citizens, every OFW and Filipino immigrant in Hong Kong must vote overseas.
All Filipinos, no matter where they are in the world, must educate themselves on what to do and anticipate on election day.
Overseas Filipinos have an entire month to vote. This should give voters plenty of time to plan and research who they should vote for as the country’s next leader. Once they’ve made their choice, personnel from the Philippine Consulate-General in Hong Kong will assist them in voting accurately and consistently.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to be able to vote in the 2022 National Elections?
During the voting season, Filipino citizens must carry their original passports or mariners’ books to the polls. To vote, Hong Kong residents with dual citizenship must also present their ID card or certificate of authorization.
How do I know if I am a registered voter in Hong Kong?
The list of Hong Kong voters, as well as the list of Filipino seafarers, are available on the website of the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) or at the Philippine Consulate-General in Hong Kong. Only registered voters in the Philippines will be able to vote in the 2022 elections.
How does COMELEC decide on which voter records to deactivate?
The records of voters who did not vote in at least two elections were deactivated by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
When can applicants collect their Voter 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 Hong Kong are invited to remain up to date on election news by following the Philippine Consulate-General’s various social media platforms.
The Philippine Consulate-General in Hong Kong intends to make overseas voting as straightforward and convenient for all Filipinos living in the nation as possible. For this reason, they encourage Filipinos living in the country to double-check the list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) before heading to the Consulate-General to vote beginning April 10.
With the information presented in this article, it is expected that overseas Filipinos, wherever they may be in the globe, would have trouble-free elections this year. Also, bear in mind that overseas absentee voting takes place prior to national elections in the home country, so please share this information with any friends, coworkers, or family members who may require it.
Consulate-General of the Philippines in Hong Kong
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