Filipinos in Laos can check their eligibility to vote in the upcoming elections by referring to the Philippine Embassy’s certified list of OFW voters.
The embassy has made the voter list available to Filipino residents in Laos, which will be used to identify voters in the next national and local elections. By participating in the upcoming COMELEC national elections, Filipinos in Laos can have a say in shaping the future of the Philippines.
The Philippine Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, is taking significant steps to engage with and inform the Filipino community in the region.
On September 21, 2023, the embassy hosted a “Kumustahan” event, led by Ambassador Deena Joy Amatong, to bring together Filipinos from various sectors including religion, education, hospitality, and content creation.
This gathering served as an invaluable platform for sharing crucial updates, including developments both in the Philippines and the Lao PDR, the ongoing overseas voter registration for the 2025 Philippine elections, and preparations for Laos’ ASEAN Chairmanship in 2024.
Additionally, the embassy used the event to spread awareness about their upcoming activities, such as celebrations for “Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month” in September and “Museums and Galleries Month” in October.
Attendees were encouraged to further disseminate this information within the Filipino community in Laos, thereby expanding the embassy’s reach and effectiveness.
With approximately 2,000 Filipinos in Laos, mostly working in the education sector, these proactive initiatives by the embassy offer invaluable support, ensuring that Filipinos are well-informed and can actively participate in their community and civic duties while abroad.
List of Registered Overseas Filipino Voters in Laos
Filipinos living in Laos should familiarize themselves with the overseas voting process to ensure a smooth and hassle-free election experience. Philippine diplomatic missions are available to guide registered overseas Filipino voters through the election process.
Staff from the Philippine embassy will provide directions on how to cast your vote in the upcoming elections. Before participating in the Philippine national elections from Laos, make sure to confirm that your name is included in the country’s Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV).
For the most current guidance and assistance concerning national elections and overseas voting in your host country, the Philippine embassy remains your best resource. You can access this information by visiting their website or contacting their office directly.
At the time this article was written, the Philippine Embassy in this region has NOT yet released the updated CLOV for the upcoming 2025 elections. Stay tuned for further updates from either the Philippine Embassy or this blog; we will share all pertinent information as soon as it becomes available.
If you are a Filipino resident in Laos and require help with the overseas voting process or need to verify your details on the CLOV, don’t hesitate to reach out to the embassy. The list is arranged alphabetically for easier navigation. Additionally, COMELEC officials may annotate the list with notes or comments. To validate your voter information from the list, you can use the quick shortcut provided in the next section.
Tip: To avoid scrolling through an extensive list of names, simply use the CTRL + F function. This will bring up a search box where you can type in your last name to find your details. Remember, the search function is case-sensitive, so make sure your name is entered correctly, and that there are no extra spaces or characters in the search field.
How to Find Your Name in List of Absentee Voters in Laos
- Visit the website where the Philippine Embassy in Laos has displayed the Certified List of OFW Voters (CLOV). The list is sorted alphabetically by last names for easy navigation.
- Locate the PDF file that matches the first letter of your last name and click to open it. The list is segmented into various PDFs, each one dedicated to a particular range of last names in alphabetical order.
- Thoroughly review the list to find your name. If you discover it, that’s excellent news! You are qualified to vote in the forthcoming elections.
- If your name appears on the list, this confirms that you’ve successfully registered for overseas voting and are eligible to participate in the important decisions of the upcoming COMELEC national elections.
- If your name is not on the list, don’t be discouraged! This simply means you won’t be participating in this election cycle. However, you can prepare for future elections.
How to Vote in Philippine Elections at the Philippine Embassy in Laos
Step 1: Confirm Your Right to Vote
First, ensure your name is listed on The Philippine Embassy in Laos’ Certified List of Overseas Voters. This confirms your voting eligibility.
Step 2: Show Valid ID
Approach the Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI) and present a valid form of identification, such as your passport, to verify your identity.
Step 3: Acquire Your Ballot
Upon verification, sign the voter register and collect your voting ballot. Inspect it for any signs of damage or marking.
Step 4: Enter the Voting Zone
Move to the assigned voting space. The SBEI will provide you with a folder and a pen to maintain the confidentiality of your vote.
Step 5: Complete the Ballot
Carefully adhere to the guidelines to fill out your ballot without any extra markings or mistakes.
Step 6: Make Thoughtful Choices
You may select one President, one Vice President, a maximum of twelve Senators, and one Party List. Be cautious not to overvote.
Step 7: Hand in Your Filled Ballot
Go back to the SBEI and insert your completed ballot into the Vote Counting Machine (VCM).
Step 8: Wait for Receipt
Stand by as your voter’s receipt is being printed. Do not pull it out yourself; it serves as evidence of your vote.
Step 9: Verify Your Choices
Examine your voter’s receipt to ensure that all your selections have been correctly documented.
Step 10: Dispose of the Receipt
If everything is accurate, place your voter’s receipt in the designated box for Voter’s Receipts. Remember, taking pictures or making copies is not allowed.
Step 11: Report Any Issues
If you find any discrepancies, inform the SBEI immediately. However, be aware that making false allegations is prohibited.
Step 12: Leave the Voting Location
Well done! You’ve successfully cast your vote at the Philippine Embassy in Laos. Thank you for participating in this vital democratic activity.
Contact Information of the Philippine Embassy in Laos
Address: Dongpayna Road, Ban Saphanthong Neua, Sisattanak District
Telephone: +856 21 452 490
Office Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PHinLaoPDR