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Putin decides long-time central election commission chief is to leave

March 03, 2016, 12:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW March, 3. /TASS

Vladimir Churov is not in the presidential quota on appointment of members of Russia’s Central Election Commission

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Russian Central Election Commission seen during a press conference

Russian Central Election Commission seen during a press conference

© Artiom Korotaev/TASS

MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on members of Russia’s Central Election Commission, thus appointing five of the total 15 CEC members. The current CEC head Vladimir Churov is not in the presidential quota.

As the Kremlin’s press-service has said, in connection with the expiration of the CEC’s powers Putin decided to appoint to seats on a new election commission:

  • Russia’s human rights ombudsman Ella Pamfilova; 
  • CEC member Boris Ebzeyev; 
  • Communist State Duma member Vasily Likhachev;
  • deputy head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service FAS Alexandr Kinev; 
  • Patriots of Russia’s representative in the CEC Yevgeny Shevchenko.

The decree is effective immediately.

The Central Election commission is formed for a period of five years. Five of its members are appointed by the State Duma (the lower house of parliament), five by the Federation Council (upper house) and another five, by the Russian president. The powers of the current CEC will expire on March 27.

The Federation Council on February 10 delegated to the new CEC:

  • Federation Council member Nikolai Bulayev;
  • essayist and columnist Alexander Klyukin;
  • member of the outgoing CEC Maya Grishina;
  • member of the outgoing CEC Siyabshakh Shapiyev
  • member of the outgoing CEC Anton Lopatin.

Yelena Dubrovina, Nina Kulyasova and CEC secretary Nikolai Konkin have left the FC quota.

The State Duma has named its representatives in the CEC, too. They are:

  • Deputy Speaker Nikolay Levichev (of the A Just Russia party);
  • Duma member Sergey Sirotkin (of the Liberal Democratic Party);
  • Duma member Valery Galchenko;
  • current CEC member Yevgeny Kolyushin, of the Communist Party;
  • current CEC member Valery Kryukov, of the United Russia party.

At the moment the State Duma is also represented in the CEC by Denis Panshin (of United Russia), Sergey Danilenko (of A Just Russia) and Oleg Lavrov (of the Liberal Democratic Party).

The current CEC chairman, Vladimir Churov, is now to leave the CEC.

September 18, 2016 is Election Day in Russia. Elections of different level, including those of State Duma members and heads of some territories of the Federation, will be held across the nation.

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