The 2022 Philippine National Elections will be held between April 10 and May 9, 2022. Having said that, Filipinos living in Saudi Arabia can vote promptly and securely in the next elections by confirming their names against the list of certified overseas voters at the Philippine foreign posts. It should be noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has one of the world’s largest landmasses.
As a result, you must ensure that you know where you will need to travel for the overseas absentee voting. That being said, registered overseas Filipinos must be aware of the processes and conditions for overseas absentee voting in their host countries.
However, keep in mind that this may differ from one area to the next, so make sure you follow the unique regulations of each overseas assignment. Overseas voters in Saudi Arabia are asked to double-check their information on the Philippine Foreign Post’s website before proceeding with the overseas voting procedure. To begin, use this guide to learn the step-by-step procedure for a pleasant and trouble-free overseas voting experience in the kingdom.
Voting Guidelines in Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Philippine Elections
Filipinos who are registered voters in Saudi Arabia 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 overseas voting at the Philippine foreign post between April 10 and May 9.
Of course, no one enjoys spending a lengthy time in line or having their plans disturbed on any given day. Having said that, it is preferable for abroad Filipino employees and Saudi residents plan their schedules ahead of time for the overseas voting session. Here’s how to get started.
Step by Step Procedure of Voting as a Filipino in Saudi Arabia
Step 1 – Check if your name is on the list of registered voters in Saudi Arabia here.
Step 2 – Vote wisely.
At this stage, you should know who to vote for, including the candidates’ working histories and political backgrounds, as well as their ideas on 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 the PCOS machine).
This will allow for faster evaluation and reporting of votes. Also, make sure you’ve shaded all relevant portions of the ballot so you don’t miss any names for whom you wish to vote.
Step 4 – Get the indelible ink marked on your index finger.
This will serve as a confirmation that you voted earlier when you depart the embassy. That’s it! You may now leave the poll to go home, to work, spend the day with your friends, or unwind alone.
Overseas Filipino Voting Schedule in Saudi Arabia
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.
Throughout this time, walk-ins are welcome at the embassy. 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 regarding the upcoming abroad elections. More details about the overseas voting method may be found here.
Every OFW and Filipino immigrant in Saudi Arabia must vote abroad in order to exercise their right and responsibility to the country as Filipino citizens.
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 in this election. This should allow people plenty of time to think about and investigate who they should vote for as the country’s next leader. Following their choice, personnel from the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia will engage with them to guarantee that they vote correctly 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 are required to bring their original passports or mariners’ books to the polls. Residents having dual citizenship must additionally show their ID card or authorization papers to vote.
How do I know if I am a registered voter in Saudi Arabia?
The list of Saudi voters, as well as Filipino sailors, may be available on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) website or at Philippine foreign posts in Saudi Arabia. In the Philippine elections, only registered voters will be eligible to vote.
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’s 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 identification cards across the country.
The Philippine Statistics Authority is actively putting the National ID system in place in the country. It is scheduled to be implemented in all foreign service posts by 2022.
Where can I find important information and updates on overseas voting?
Filipinos in Saudi Arabia are advised to follow the Philippine Foreign Post’s various social media platforms to remain up to date on election news.
The Philippine missions in Saudi Arabia work hard to make the overseas voting process as simple and accessible as possible for all Filipinos living in the country. As a result, officials encourage Filipinos in the nation to cross-check their information with the list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) before going to the embassy or consulate to vote beginning April 10.
Embassy of the Philippines in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Address: Diplomatic Quarter, C3 Alradeef St. P.O. 94366, Riyadh 11693
Office hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM (Sunday to Thursday)
TEL: (0096611) 482-3559
Fax: (0096611) 488-3945
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Philippine Consulate-General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Workdays: Sunday to Thursday, except Holidays
Service Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 4663 Fajr St., Al Rehab District 6, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel. No: +966126696303
Fax: +966 (0) 12 669-6797
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