Sebastian v COMELEC; GR No. 139573; 07 Mar 2000

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As the municipal board of canvassers was preparing to canvass the election returns, petitioners shought the exclusion of several election returns claiming that such returns were prepared under extreme duress, intimidation and political pressure and influence.

Whether or not COMELEC committed grave abuse of discretion when it unilaterally disregarded the evidence of coercion that attended the preparation of the returns.

NO. COMELEC, as a general rule, need not go beyond the face of the returns and investigate alleged election irregularities.

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