Sweden has been a popular job destination for Filipinos due to its thriving economy and pleasant standard of living. Despite being far from home, Filipinos in Sweden are among the most politically active immigrants. Many of them are eager to know if they are eligible to vote in the upcoming 2022 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 Sweden has already made the overseas voters’ list available to our kababayans as the Philippines prepares for elections. In this election, the most recent certified list of OFW voters (CLOV) will be utilized. This document can be used to estimate the number of voters in the region. By participating in the upcoming COMELEC national elections, Filipinos in Sweden can have a say in shaping the future of the Philippines.
The active involvement of the Philippine Embassy in Sweden, particularly through the Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General Gines Jaime Ricardo D. Gallaga, offers multiple benefits to Filipinos residing in the country.
By attending community-led events like the Barrio Fiesta 2023 – Autumn Festival, the embassy demonstrates a tangible commitment to sustaining cultural ties and fostering a sense of community among Filipinos in Sweden.
Such initiatives also provide a platform for enriching cultural exchanges, as evidenced by the festival’s inclusion of Philippine cultural presentations, art exhibits, and lectures on topics like women’s empowerment.
Additionally, the embassy takes these opportunities to emphasize important civic responsibilities, such as the importance of overseas voter registration for the upcoming 2025 Philippine elections.
This encourages political participation and allows Filipinos in Sweden to have a voice in shaping the future of their home country, even from afar.
Overall, the proactive efforts of the embassy in collaborating with organizations like Filippinska Kultur och Fritidsföreningen ensure that Filipinos in Sweden have both a cultural anchor and a political voice, bridging the gap between their adopted homeland and their country of origin.
List of Registered Overseas Filipino Voters in Sweden
Overseas Filipinos registered to vote may qualify for aid from Philippine diplomatic outposts. The Philippine Embassy will guide residents on the voting process for upcoming elections. Ensure your name is included on the Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV) before participating in Philippine national elections from Sweden.
The Philippine Embassy is your go-to source for the latest details and help concerning national elections and overseas voting in your host country. You can acquire this information by visiting their website or phoning their office.
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 Sweden requiring help with the overseas voting process or verification of your data on the CLOV, please reach out to the embassy. The list, although extensive, is organized alphabetically for easier navigation. COMELEC officials may also append remarks or annotations to the list. Utilize the quick shortcut detailed in the next section to verify your voter information on the list.
Tip: To avoid scrolling through an extended list of names, use CTRL + F. A search box will appear in the file where you can input your last name to verify your inclusion. Note that the document is case-sensitive; ensure your name is spelled accurately and without any additional spaces or characters.
How to Find Your Name in List of Absentee Voters in Sweden
- Visit the website where the Philippine Embassy in Sweden has displayed the Certified List of Overseas 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 verifies that you’ve successfully registered for overseas voting and are eligible to participate in the critical choices of the upcoming COMELEC national elections.
- If your name is absent from the list, don’t lose heart! This merely indicates you won’t be voting in the current election cycle. Nonetheless, you can prepare for upcoming elections.
How to Vote in Philippine Elections at the Philippine Embassy in Sweden
Step 1: Confirm Your Right to Vote
First, ensure your name is listed on Sweden’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 Sweden. Thank you for participating in this vital democratic activity.
Contact Information of the Philippine Embassy in Sweden
Address: GRENSTIGEN 2A 181 31 LIDINGÖ, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone number: +46 8 400 147 30
Office Hours: Weekdays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PHinSweden