Nigeria has been a top work destination for Filipinos due to its mining and oil industry. Despite being far from home, Filipinos in Nigeria are among the most politically active immigrants. Many of them are eager to know if they are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. To check your eligibility, search for your name on the certified list of OFW voters (CLOV) on the websites of Philippine Foreign Posts.
The Philippine Embassy in Nigeria will make the overseas voters’ list available to our kababayans as the Philippines prepares for elections. In this election, the most recent list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) will be utilized. This document may be used to calculate the number of registered voters in the area. By participating in the upcoming COMELEC national elections, Filipinos in Nigeria can have a say in shaping the future of the Philippines.
Filipinos in Nigeria can benefit from the preparations made by the Philippine Embassy there for the upcoming national elections. The embassy has set a registration deadline of September 30, 2024, for overseas voters.
All Filipinos abroad who are not otherwise disqualified by law and are at least eighteen (18) years of age on May 12, 2025, are qualified to register to vote.
By registering as overseas voters, Filipinos in Nigeria can actively participate in the important decisions of the upcoming COMELEC national elections and have a say in shaping the future of the Philippines.
They can also update their address or other personal details on their voter record, check their voter registration status, and reactivate their voter record if it has been deactivated due to failure to vote in the past 2 national elections.
All they need is their valid Philippine passport to register, and they can visit the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General in their area.
List of Registered Overseas Filipino Voters in Nigeria
Filipinos residing abroad who are registered to vote in the elections can seek assistance from Philippine diplomatic missions. The Philippine embassy will supply citizens with details on how to vote in the approaching elections. Before voting in the Philippine national elections from Nigeria, confirm that your name is on the country’s Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV).
By browsing their website or contacting their office, the Philippine embassy can provide you with the latest information and support regarding national elections and overseas voting in your host country.
As of the publication of this article, the Philippine Embassy in this region has not yet disclosed the updated CLOV for the forthcoming 2025 elections. Keep an eye out for additional updates, either from the Philippine Embassy or this blog, as we will share all relevant information as soon as it becomes available.
If you are a Filipino resident in Nigeria and require help with the overseas voting process or verifying your details on the CLOV, please reach out to the country’s embassy. The list is organized alphabetically for easier navigation, despite its length. COMELEC officials may also append comments or annotations to the list. To validate your voter’s details from the list, utilize the quick shortcut provided in the subsequent step.
Tip: Use CTRL + F to bypass scrolling through an extensive list of names. A search box will appear in the file where you can type your last name to check if your information is included. Since the document is case-sensitive, ensure your name is spelled accurately and that the field contains no extra spaces or characters.
How to Find Your Name in the List of Absentee Voters in Nigeria
- Visit the website where the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria has displayed the Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV). The list is organized alphabetically by last names for easy navigation.
- Find the PDF file that corresponds to the first letter of your last name and click to open it. The list is divided into multiple PDFs, each covering a specific range of last names in alphabetical order.
- Carefully review the list to locate your name. If you find it, that’s fantastic news! You are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections.
- If your name is on the list, this confirms that you’ve successfully registered for overseas voting and can take part 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 voting this time around. However, you can get ready for future elections.
How to Vote in Philippine Elections at the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria
Step 1: Confirm Your Right to Vote
First, ensure your name is listed on Nigeria’s 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 Nigeria. Thank you for participating in this vital democratic activity.
Contact Information of the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria
Address: 34B Rhine Street, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria
Telephone number: +234 810 254 1252
Office Hours: Weekdays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PHinNigeria