inspectors to be proposed by the political parties and persons named therein

Inspectors to be proposed by the political parties

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inspectors to be proposed by the political parties and persons named therein. Petitioner, Juan Sumulong, President of the political party Pagkakaisa ng Bayan, claims the exclusive right to propose the appointment of such inspectors. He contends that the resolution of the Comelec, by giving the so-called rebel candidate or free-zone faction of the Nationalista Party the right to propose one election inspector for each of the precincts in each of the 53 legislative districts, contravenes Section 5 of the Commonwealth Act No. 657. He argues that under that section the Nationalista Party has the right to propose one, and only one inspector for each precinct, and that the resolution has the effect of giving that party two inspectors in each and every precinct within those legislative districts. Petitioner maintains that the discretion given by Section 5 of Commonwealth Act No. 657 to the Comelec in the Choice of election inspectors is not absolute, but limited by the provision of the Act that the majority party shall have the right to propose only one inspector. Issue: Whether or not the Comelec, in giving the so-called rebel candidates and free-zone factions of the Nationalista Party the right to propose election inspectors, has acted within the limits of the discretion granted to it by law. Held: The present case is not an appropriate case for review by the Supreme Court. The Comelec is a constitutional body. It is intended to play a distinct and important part in our scheme of government. It should be allowed considerable latitude in devising means and methods that will insure the accomplishment of the great objective for which it was created – free, orderly, and honest elections. The Supreme Court may not agree fully with its choice of means, but unless these are clearly illegal / constitute grave abuse of discretion, this court should not interfere. The Comelec because of its fact-finding facilities, its contacts with political strategists, and its knowledge derived from actual experience in dealing with political controversies, is in a peculiarly advantageous position to decide complex political questions. Due regard to the independent character of the Commission, as ordained in the Constitution requires that the power of the Supreme Court to review the acts of that body should, as a general proposition, be used sparingly, but firmly in appropriate cases.
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LIDASAN vs COMELEC FACTS: Lidasan is a resident of Parang, Cotabato. Later, RA 4790, which is entitled "An Act Creating the Municipality of Dianaton in the Province of Lanao del Sur," was passed. Lidasan came to know later on that barrios Togaig and Madalum just mentioned are within the municipality of Buldon, Province of Cotabato, and that Bayanga, Langkong, Sarakan, Kat-bo, Digakapan, Magabo, Tabangao, Tiongko, Colodan, and Kabamakawan are parts and parcel of another municipality, the municipality of Parang, also in the Province of Cotabato and not of Lanao del Sur. [Remarkably, even the Congressman of Cotabato voted in favor of RA 4790.] Pursuant to this law,
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