If you are an overseas Filipino worker living in Malaysia and wish to vote in the Philippines’ 2022 national election via the overseas absentee voting between the 10th of April and the 9th of May, 2022, be sure to confirm your details against the list of certified overseas voters at the Philippine Embassy. Because of the importance of voting in overseas elections, it is vital that registered overseas Filipinos understand the processes and conditions for voting in their respective countries.
The voting process may be different depending on where you’re located, so here are the basic steps you can follow to cast your vote overseas. If you are an overseas voter in Malaysia, you should follow the procedures indicated by the Embassy of the Philippines. To ensure that you cast your vote without issues, check out the following sections of this guide.
Voting Guidelines in Malaysia for the 2022 Philippine Elections
Filipinos registered to vote in Malaysia may have a chance to cast their ballot quickly and securely. They will first have to validate their names on the list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) and then participate in the overseas voting procedure at the Philippine foreign post between April 10 and May 9 – an entire month.
While no one looks forward to spending a lot of time in line or having their plans on any given day disrupted, it is nonetheless important for overseas Filipino workers and residents in Malaysia to keep the dates of the overseas voting session in mind. Here’s how you can get started.
Step by Step Procedure of Voting as a Filipino in Malaysia
Step 1 – Check if your name is on the list of registered voters in Malaysia here.
Step 2 – Vote wisely.
At this point, you probably know who you’ll vote for, but just make sure that you know the important things about all the candidates’ working histories and political backgrounds, as well as their policies on employment, health, foreign workers and immigration.
Step 3 – Cast your ballot in the vote-counting machine or VCM (formerly known as the PCOS machine).
This should speed up the counting of votes, making the whole process cost-effective. When it’s time to vote, make sure you read the ballot several times before shading your preferred candidate’s field so that you do not overlook any names on your preferential ballot.
Step 4 – Get the indelible ink marked on your index finger.
After you vote, it’s important to get your finger inked so that Embassy officials can keep track of how many citizens turned out for this election. You may now leave the poll to go home, work, spend some time with your friends, or unwind privately.
Overseas Filipino Voting Schedule in Malaysia
Voting for the overseas elections begins at 8 a.m. local time to 7 p.m. Philippine time from April 10, 2022 through May 9, 2022,
Walk-ins are welcome at the Embassy during this time. However, you must validate your information on-site to ensure that you are eligible to vote in the ongoing overseas absentee voting.
Video: HALINA’T BUMOTO!
The Department of Foreign Affairs has released a public advisory video on the upcoming overseas absentee voting. More information on the procedure for voting from abroad may be found here.
To exercise their right and fulfill their duties as Filipino citizens, every overseas foreign worker and every Filipino immigrant in Malaysia should let themselves be informed about voting as soon as possible before Election Day.
All Filipinos, no matter where they are in the world, should look into what they need to do and expect on election day.
The Philippines gives its citizens living abroad an entire month to cast their votes, so they have plenty of time to plan and investigate who they should vote for as the country’s next leader. Once they’ve made their selection, Philippine embassy personnel 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?
When Filipinos vote, they must present their original passports or mariner’s books to election officials. Filipinos with dual citizenship may also be required to present their identity cards or certificates of authorization.
How do I know if I am a registered voter in Malaysia?
Voters from Malaysia and seafarers may access the list of registered voters from the Philippines on the website of the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) or at the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia. 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 Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will only deactivate the records of voters who did not vote in at least two elections.
When can applicants collect their Voter ID?
Due to the implementation of Republic Act 11055, or the National ID System, the Commission on Elections has halted the distribution and production of voter identity cards across the nation.
The Philippine Statistics Authority is working hard to put the country’s National ID system in place. By 2022, it is expected to be implemented in all foreign service posts.
Where can I find important information and updates on overseas voting?
Filipinos in Malaysia are encouraged to follow the Philippine Embassy’s different social media sites to stay up to speed on election news.
The Philippine Embassy in Malaysia always aims to make the voting process as comfortable and easy as possible for Filipinos living in the country. As a result, they encourage voters to double-check the list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) before going to the Embassy to vote starting on April 10.
Embassy of the Philippines in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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