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Former Rights Ombudsman Becomes Head Of Russia's Central Election Commission

Ella Pamfilova has been a respected rights activist for more than two decades. (file photo)
Ella Pamfilova has been a respected rights activist for more than two decades. (file photo)

Russia's former presidential human rights ombudsman Ella Pamfilova has been elected the new chief of the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) ahead of parliamentary polls in September.

The voting at the CEC took place on March 28, the commission said.

President Vladimir Putin named Pamfilova among five presidential nominees to the 15-member CEC on March 3.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said changes to the commission are a "routine rotation."

Pamfilova, 62, has been a respected rights activist for more than two decades and is a strong advocate of constructive dialogue between the state and civil-society groups.

She was appointed Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights in 2014. 

Pamfilova replaces Vladimir Churov, who has headed the election commission since 2007. 

His tenure expired on March 27.

Churov, a staunch ally of Putin, has been accused by critics of manipulating elections.

Based on reporting by Interfax and TASS

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