Switzerland has been a dream destination for many Filipinos, given its strong economy and exceptional standard of living. Despite being far from home, Filipinos in the nation are among the Philippines’ most politically engaged people. To check your eligibility, search for your name on the list of certified overseas voters on the Philippine Foreign Posts’ websites.
The Philippine Embassy in Switzerland will make the 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 can also be used to determine how many Filipino voters there are in the country. By participating in the upcoming COMELEC national elections, Filipinos in Switzerland can have a say in shaping the future of the Philippines.
The Philippine Embassy in Switzerland is diligently preparing for the 2025 National Elections, emphasizing the importance of overseas voting registration for Filipinos residing in the country.
As of October 16, 2023, there are 350 days left until the registration deadline on September 30, 2024.
By proactively encouraging Filipinos to register well in advance, the embassy is ensuring that its constituents can exercise their democratic right to vote without encountering last-minute hurdles.
The embassy’s well-organized approach and useful online resources not only simplify the registration process but also serve as a reliable guide for Filipinos to stay politically involved, even while living thousands of miles away from their homeland.
Therefore, Filipinos in Switzerland stand to gain significantly from the embassy’s diligent preparations, securing their ability to participate in shaping the future of the Philippines.
List of Registered Overseas Filipino Voters in Switzerland
Philippine diplomatic missions may be able to assist overseas Filipinos who have registered to vote in the elections. Citizens will be guided on how to vote in the next elections by officials from the Philippine embassy. Make sure your name is on the country’s certified list of OFW voters (CLOV) before participating in the Philippine national elections from Switzerland.
The Philippine embassy can provide you with the most up-to-date information and assistance on national elections and abroad voting in your host country by visiting their website or calling 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 are a Filipino resident in Switzerland and need assistance with the overseas voting procedure or validating your information on the CLOV, please contact the country’s foreign post. Despite its enormity, the list is structured alphabetically to make it easier to navigate. Officials from the COMELEC may also add comments or remarks to the list. Use the quick shortcut offered in the following section to validate your voter’s data from the list.
Tip: To prevent having to navigate through a long list of names, use CTRL + F. On the file, there will be a search box where you may type your last name to see if your information is included. Because the document is case-sensitive, double-check that your name is spelled correctly and that the field is clear of any unnecessary spaces or characters.
How to Find Your Name in List of Absentee Voters in Switzerland
- Visit the website where the Philippine Embassy in Switzerland 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 Switzerland
Step 1: Confirm Your Right to Vote
First, ensure your name is listed on The Philippine Embassy in Switzerland’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 Switzerland. Thank you for participating in this vital democratic activity.
Contact Information of the Philippine Embassy in Switzerland
Address: Kirchenfeldstrasse 73-75, Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 31 350 17 17
Office Hours: Weekdays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PHinSwitzerland