First day of the 2010 OAV in Riyadh

The Official Residence of the Philippine Ambassador in Saudi Arabia (Bulletin Boards “Certified List of Overseas Absentee Voters”)

Today,  April 10, 2010  registered  Filipino absentee voters  comprised of Overseas Filipino Workers and  Migrant  Filipinos around the world will start casting  their votes  to choose new  Philippine national leaders, the President, Vice President and 12 Senators and 1 Party List. There are 93 Philippine embassies and consulates general around the globe that includes four designated centers in Saudi Arabia.

As a responsible citizen of the Republic of the Philippines and an absentee voter, it is my obligation to vote and I see to it that I will cast my vote in the first day of the voting period which ends on 10 of  May 2010.


I and my long time friend and Filipino Community leader Alex Veloso Bello were among the first absentee voters to arrive in the Philippine Embassy.  We noticed  that around 7:30 am  Philippine Embassy staff were busy preparing the elections paraphernalia’s  in the basement  of the Embassy where the voting process will takes place for  3rd Overseas Absentee Voting in Riyadh.  

Basement (The Polling Center)

Bulletin boards where the names are posted can be found at the Basketball Court before you enter the polling areas in the basement.  As usual, there were only handful absentee voters who came early in the first day of voting period.

At exactly 8:00 am, all precincts A to Z were already manned by the members of the Board of Election Inspectors.  We were the ones who were recognized as the first to vote.

We were able to meet the Cultural Officer Attache Rosario Malicse  and   Vice Consul Atty. Rousell Reyes , in charge of the 2010 Overseas Absentee Voting at the Philippine Embassy before leaving the Embassy compound.

Alex Veloso Bello at Precinct “B”

There are 52,887 registered voters in Riyadh, 37,063 in Jeddah, 21,537 in Alkhobar and more than 1,000 in Buraidah. There are four designated voting centers in Saudi Arabia, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Consulate General in Jeddah, the International Philippine School in Alkhobar (IPSA) and the Philippine International School in Buraidah.

The first day of the voting period was peaceful and in order. We are hoping that in the next few days absentee voters will troop down to the 4 designated voting centers to cast their votes.  

The Republic of the Philippines Official Seal at the Main Entrance of the Philippine Embassy

 The Philippine embassy officials are requesting those registered  absentee voters during the last 2003, 2006 and 2009 registration to verify their names first in the Certified List of Overseas Absentee Voters (CLOAV), which can be accessed either on the Commission on Elections website ( or the embassy site:   You can also access the CLOAV in this blog by clicking this link OAV Philippine Embassy Advisory.   

Those  names  found in the list are required to present either their valid passport or iqama, or any valid identification documents such as OWWA, SSS, Pag-IBIG identification cards or a driver’s license.

 On the next succeeding days, Saturdays to Wednesdays, voting opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Riyadh. On Thursdays and Friday, voting is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Alkhobar, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturdays to Wednesdays and Thursdays and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Alkhobar and Buraidah.

In Jeddah, voting is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all days.

On the last day, May 10, voting starts at 8 a.m. in Riyadh, Alkhobar and Buraidah, and 10 a.m. in Jeddah. Voting stops at all centers in the Kingdom at 1 p.m., which coincides with the 6 p.m. end of voting time in the Philippines. – end –


11 thoughts on “First day of the 2010 OAV in Riyadh

    • Hi Mr. Qureshi,

      Thanks for dropping by. I have’nt receive any advisory yet from Philppine Embassy. But as soon as I have the copy of the Advisory on their next schedule in Al Khobar, rest assured I will post it here in our blog.

      Regards and again thank you! You are most Welcome in our blog.

  1. Plz tell me any good schools in Buraidah of filipino or muslim nature,i need to settle there so plz help me out,and plz tell me how i can get more info about them

    • Mr. Zahid,

      I will try to inquire if there is a Philippine School in Buraydah or visit Philippine Embassy and inquire the same. I’ll email you as soon as I have the information.



  2. I was unable to cast my vote this 2010 because my name is not on the list of registered voters. I registered twice in 2003 and 2006 respectively, I voted in 2007 senatorial elections in the last minutes of election. I haven’t received my voters IC in 2004 until now. I am complaining right now about this matter.

  3. hi.this is a informative website for our fellow kababayan regarding OAV.tanong ko lang po, saan gagawin ang canvassing of votes?i vote here in al-khobar and i was hoping na dito rin sa IPSA gagawin ang canvassing. thanks!

  4. Hi Sir Bong,

    My sister- in-law is in Riyadh and was not included in the list of voters, i know for a fact that individual who engaged in faked marriages purposely did not register for fear that the government might trace their identity. I have some few doubts and reservations to my sister-in-law that she engaged into this illegal activity. My questions are 1) Can i go to the Saudi Embassy here in Manila to report and conduct thorough investigation on this matter, if ever found guilty of the offense, can both of them, my sister-in-law and her alleged husband there be deported back here in the Phils? 2) Faked Marriages are rampant there in Saudi Arabia, where do they contract the marriage, or they just get a fake certificate here in Manila? Thanks.

    • maraming kapraanan pag bawal na pagi-ibig ang pag-uusapan, nangyayari ito kahit saang bansa or maski na sa ating sariling bansa. the best thing to do is to contact owwa in philippines about this matter and ask their proper advice. thanks.

  5. Sir, I would like to know if there is any schedule of registration of those OFW here in KSA? how about those OFW register already in the philippines, is it possible to vote here in KSA? kindly reply sir.. thanks..

    • Tristan, hope after the election, there will be a continuing registration that would take place. if ever ill post it here in our blog.



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