Syria has been a top employment destination for Filipinos due to the abundance of job opportunities. Despite being far from home, Filipinos in Syria 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 Syria will make the overseas voters’ list available to our kababayans as the Philippines prepares for elections.
In future elections, the most recent list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) will be utilized. This document may also be used to calculate the number of registered voters in a certain area. By participating in the upcoming COMELEC national elections, Filipinos in Syria can have a say in shaping the future of the Philippines.
Filipinos in Syria can benefit from the preparations made by the Philippine Embassy there for the upcoming national elections.
The embassy conducted a Consular, Legal, ATN Services, and Overseas Voting Registration mission in the Governorates of Hama and Aleppo on August 10-11, 2023.
The Consular team registered four (4) Filipinos for overseas registration in Hama, while in Aleppo, it rendered consular services such as passporting, civil reports, and overseas registration.
Despite the dearth of applicants, it is part of the embassy’s mandate to bring its services closer to the Filipino communities across Syria by conducting consular services, legal, ATN, and overseas voting registration missions regularly.
By registering as overseas voters, Filipinos in Syria can actively participate in the important decisions of the upcoming COMELEC national elections and have a say in shaping the future of the Philippines.
List of Registered Overseas Filipino Voters in Syria
Filipinos residing overseas who are registered to vote in elections can get assistance from Philippine diplomatic missions. The Philippine embassy supplies citizens with guidelines on how to participate in the forthcoming elections. Before casting your vote in the Philippine national elections from Syria, ensure your name appears on the country’s Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV).
By either browsing their website or contacting their office, the Philippine embassy can furnish you with the latest insights and assistance on national elections and overseas voting in your host country.
As of the time of this article, the Philippine Embassy in this area has yet to release the updated CLOV for the upcoming 2025 elections. Stay tuned for further updates, either from the Philippine Embassy or this blog, as we will publish all pertinent details as soon as they are made public.
Should you be a Filipino living in Syria and require help with the overseas voting process or need to verify your details on the CLOV, please reach out to the country’s embassy. For easier navigation, the list is arranged alphabetically. Officials from COMELEC might also annotate the list with comments or notes. To verify your voting details from the list, utilize the quick shortcut provided in the subsequent section.
Pro tip: Utilize the CTRL + F function to bypass scrolling through an extensive list of names. A search box will appear on the document, where you can enter your surname to check if your information is included. Note that the document is case-sensitive, so ensure your name is spelled accurately and that the field contains no extra spaces or characters.
How to Find Your Name in List of Absentee Voters in Syria
- Visit the website where the Philippine Embassy in Syria has displayed the Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV). The list is sorted alphabetically by last names for ease of navigation.
- Locate the PDF file corresponding to the first letter of your last name and click to open it. The list is broken down into multiple PDFs, each encompassing a specific range of surnames in alphabetical order.
- Diligently review the list to find your name. If it’s there, that’s excellent news! You are qualified to vote in the upcoming elections.
- If your name appears on the list, this verifies that you’ve successfully enrolled for overseas voting and are eligible to participate in the vital decisions of the forthcoming COMELEC national elections.
- If you don’t see your name, don’t lose heart! This merely means you won’t be casting a vote this time. However, you can prepare for subsequent elections.
How to Vote in Philippine Elections at the Philippine Embassy in Syria
Step 1: Confirm Your Right to Vote
First, ensure your name is listed on Syria’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 Syria. Thank you for participating in this vital democratic activity.
Contact Information of the Philippine Embassy in Syria
Address: Hamzeh bin Al Mutaleb St. Bldg. 56, West Mezzeh Area , Damascus, Syria
Telephone number: +963116132626
Office Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PHinSyria