Filipinos in Portugal are among the country’s most politically active people, despite being based abroad. 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 on the Philippine Foreign Post’s website.
The Philippine Embassy in Portugal will make the voters’ list available to our kababayans as the Philippines prepares for every election. In the next one, the most recent list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) will be utilized. This document can be used to determine the number of overseas voters in the region. By participating in the upcoming COMELEC national elections, Filipinos in Portugal can have a say in shaping the future of the Philippines.
The Philippine Embassy in Portugal is making concerted efforts to facilitate the political engagement of Filipinos living in the country, especially with only 360 days left to register as an overseas voter for the 2025 National Elections.
With a focus on simplifying the registration process, all that’s required is a valid Philippine passport.
Whether you are registering to vote for the first time or looking to update your address and other personal details, the Embassy offers a comprehensive service.
Additionally, for those who have been deactivated from the voter records due to non-participation in the last two national elections, there is an option to reactivate your status.
By coordinating closely with COMELEC and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy ensures that Filipinos in Portugal are not only aware of their voting rights but also have the resources and guidance to exercise them.
This effort significantly aids in strengthening the democratic process and allows Filipinos abroad to have a voice in shaping their home country’s future.
List of Registered Overseas Filipino Voters in Portugal
Filipinos residing overseas who have successfully registered for electoral participation may find valuable support from Philippine diplomatic missions.
Embassy officials are geared to educate citizens on the voting process for upcoming elections. Prior to casting your ballot in Philippine national elections from Portugal, ensure your name appears on the Certified List of OFW Voters (CLOV).
As of the writing of this article, the Philippine Embassy in this region has NOT yet published the updated CLOV for the forthcoming 2025 elections. Keep an eye out for additional updates, whether from the Philippine Embassy or this blog, as we will disseminate all relevant information once it becomes public.
If you’re a Filipino resident in Portugal and need help with the overseas voting process or verifying your information on the CLOV, please reach out to the Embassy.
The list is alphabetically sorted for easier navigation, and COMELEC officials may annotate it with comments or notes.
To quickly locate your voter data from the list, a shortcut is provided in the next step.
Tip: To avoid scrolling through an extensive list of names, utilize the CTRL + F function. A search box will appear on the file, allowing you to enter your last name to check if your data is included. Be mindful of case sensitivity and ensure your name is spelled correctly without any extraneous spaces or characters.
How to Find Your Name in List of Absentee Voters in Portugal
- Visit the website where the Philippine Embassy in Portugal 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 Portugal
Step 1: Confirm Your Right to Vote
First, ensure your name is listed on The Philippine Embassy in Portugal’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 Portugal. Thank you for participating in this vital democratic activity.
Contact Information of the Philippine Embassy in Portugal
Address: Rua Barata Salgueiro 30-3 andar 1250-044 Lisbon
Office Hours: Weekdays, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PHLinPortugal