MOSCOW, February 24. The state Duma today approved five members to the new composition of the Central election Commission (CEC) of the Russian Federation. They were deputies of the lower chamber Valery Galchenko, Nikolai Levichev and Sergei Sirotkin, as well as current members of the CEC Evgeny Kolyushin and Valery Kryukov.
The Central election Commission of the Russian Federation is formed for a term of five years, consisting of 15 people, five of which are approved by the state Duma, five by the Federation Council, and five by the President of the Russian Federation. The powers of the current CEC members expire on 27 March.
Original to the deputies nominated six candidates. Five were made in advance by all state Duma factions, according to the quota principle, – from the “United Russia” – Valery Kryukov, Valery Galchenko, from LDPR – Sergey Sirotkin, from the Communist party – Eugene Kolyushin, from “Fair Russia” Nikolay Levichev. Another candidate is a co – Chairman of movement “the Voice” Grigory Melkonyants – invited at the last moment formally a member of the faction “Fair Russia” the Deputy Dmitry Gudkov. But the state Duma refused to include Melkoniantsi in the new CEC.
At present the lower house, in addition to Kryukov and Koloshina represent Denis Panshin (United Russia), Sergey Danilenko (“Fair Russia”) and Oleg Lavrov (LDPR).
The Federation Council 10 February delegated to the new composition of the CEC Senator Nicholas bulayeva, publicist Alexander kljukina, as well as active members of the Central electoral Commission of Maya Grishin (previously held by the quota of the President of the Russian Federation), Siyabshah Shapieva and Anton Lopatin. In the past the composition of the Central election Commission of the Russian Federation of SF were appointed Elena Dubrovina and Nina kuliasova and Secretary of the CEC Nikolai Konkin. The current CEC Chairman Vladimir Churov took place on “presidential quota”.
The new composition of the CEC will have to organize elections to the state Duma, which will be held on September 18.