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Russian ex-human rights commissioner elected chief of Central Election Commission

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Baku, March 28, AZERTAC

Russia's former Commissioner for Human Rights Ella Pamfilova has been elected new head of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC), according to Tass.

The secret vote results were announced at the first meeting of the renewed CEC on Monday by chief of the counting commission Yevgeny Shevchenko.

The CEC membership has changed by 60%: nine its members of the total 15 have not been nominated for a new term. Deputy CEC chairs Stanislav Vavilov and Leonid Ivlev, secretary Nikolay Konkin, CEC members Oleg Lavrov, Yelena Dubrovina, Nina Kulyasova, Denis Panshin, Sergei Danilenko, have also left the Commission.

The Russian Central Election Commission is formed for a term of five years. It comprises 15 members, five of whom are endorsed by the State Duma, five - by the Federation Council, and another five - by the Russian president.

The new CEC members are to organize the State Duma elections that will be held in September 2016. For the first time after a long interval the Duma elections will have a mixed procedure: half of the deputies (225 people) will be elected in single-mandate constituencies, and half - by party lists.

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