The Philippine National Elections in 2022 are rapidly approaching. It will take place between April 10 and May 9, 2022. That being said, Filipinos living in Japan can vote quickly and safely in the next elections by confirming their names against the list of certified overseas voters at the Philippine embassy. With this in mind, it is critical that registered abroad Filipinos understand the procedures and requirements for voting in their respective nations’ upcoming elections.
However, bear in mind that this may vary from one location to another, so make sure you observe their specific requirements. Overseas voters in Japan are encouraged to double-check their information on the Philippine Embassy’s website before beginning the overseas voting process.
To get started, follow this guide to understand the step-by-step procedure for a smooth and hassle-free overseas voting experience from Japan.
Voting Guidelines in Japan for the 2022 Philippine Elections
Filipinos in Japan who are registered voters may now vote quickly and securely. After verifying their name on the country’s list of certified overseas voters (CLOV), the next step is to schedule a trip to the Philippine foreign post for the overseas voting procedure between April 10 and May 9 (an entire month).
Of course, no one likes to spend a long time standing in line or to have their plans disrupted on any given day. Hence, it is ideal for overseas Filipino employees and residents in Japan to organize their schedules for the overseas voting session. Here’s how to get going.
Step by Step Procedure of Voting as a Filipino in Japan
Step 1 – Check if your name is on the list of registered voters in Japan here.
The Philippine Embassy in Japan has made available the list of certified overseas voters (CLOV) 120 days before the election season begins. The names of registered voters should appear on the list. Those who do not comply will be unable to vote in the forthcoming elections.
Step 2 – Vote wisely.
You should know who to vote for at this point, including the candidates’ job history and political background, as well as their policies for employment, health, foreign workers, and immigration, to name a few.
Step 3 – Cast your ballot in the vote-counting machine or VCM (formerly known as the PCOS machine).
This will enable a more expeditious examination and recording of the votes. Also, make assured that you have darkened all relevant sections of the ballot so that you do not miss any names for whom you intend to vote.
Step 4 – Get the indelible ink marked on your index finger.
When you leave the embassy, this will serve as proof that you voted earlier. That’s it! You may now exit the poll to go home, to work, enjoy the day with your friends, or relax by yourself.
Overseas Filipino Voting Schedule in Japan
The voting period for the overseas elections is from 8 a.m. local time to 7 p.m. Philippine time from April 10, 2022, to May 9, 2022.
During this period, walk-ins are welcome at the embassy. You must, however, authenticate your details on-site to guarantee that you are qualified to vote in the ongoing overseas absentee voting.
Video: DFA Releases Overseas Voting Schedule
The DFA has published a video about the upcoming international elections. More information on the abroad voting procedure may be found here.
Every OFW and Filipino immigrant in Japan must vote overseas in order to fulfill their right and commitment to the country as a Filipino citizen.
It is critical for all Filipinos, wherever they may be in the world, to educate themselves on what to do and expect on Election day.
Overseas Filipinos have a whole month to vote. This should be ample time for people to prepare and rerflect on who they should vote for as the country’s next leader. Once they’ve made their decision, representatives from the Philippine Embassy in Japan will work with them to ensure they vote correctly and consistently.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to be able to vote in the 2022 National Elections?
Filipino citizens must bring their original passports or mariners’ books to the polls during the election season. Residents having dual citizenship must additionally provide their ID card or certificate of authorization in order to vote.
How do I know if I am a registered voter in Japan?
The list of Filipino voters in Japan, as well as the list of seafarers, may be found on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) website or at the Philippine Embassy in Japan. Only registered voters will be eligible to vote in the 2022 elections.
How does COMELEC decide on which voter records to deactivate?
The records of voters who did not vote in at least two elections were deactivated by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
When can applicants collect their Voter’s ID?
The Commission on Elections has suspended the distribution and production of voter id cards across the country due to the implementation of Republic Act 11055, or the National ID System.
The Philippine Statistics Authority is at work to implement the National ID system in the country. It is slated for implementation in all foreign service posts by 2022.
Where can I find important information and updates on overseas voting?
Filipinos in Japan are encouraged to remain up to date on election news by following the Philippine Embassy’s various social media platforms.
The Philippine Embassy in Japan wants to make the overseas voting procedure as easy and comfortable for all Filipinos living in the nation as possible. That being said, prior to April 10, they encourage Filipinos in the country to check the list of overseas voters (CLOV) before visiting the embassy to cast their votes.
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Embassy of the Philippines in Japan
Address : 5-15-5 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8537
Office Hours: 0900H to 1800H Monday to Friday
Fax: (03) 5562-1603
Embassy Telephone Number: (03) 5562-1600 If you know the extension number of the person you are calling, at the voice prompt dial 8 + the local number + # + 0