Putin wins Russian presidential election, likely to be sworn in on May 7
The final tally of the election, the seventh since Russia introduced the presidential system in 1991, will be announced by the CEC within 10 days.
The president is expected to be sworn in on May 7.
More than 1,800 observers from 115 countries monitored the election, Pamfilova said.
"According to preliminary results, Vladimir Putin won in the election with an unprecedented number of votes," Pamfilova said.
Sunday's voter turnout stood at around 67.5 percent, meaning some 73.4 million Russians cast their ballots, compared to 71.8 million in 2012, CEC's deputy head Nikolai Bulayev said.
According to the Russian law, a candidate garnering more than half of the votes goes to the Kremlin.
MOSCOW, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Russia's incumbent President Vladimir Putin won 76.6 percent of ballots after 99.83 percent of the votes were counted in the presidential election Sunday, Central Election Commission (CEC) Chair Ella Pamfilova confirmed Monday.
Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, Putin's nearest rival, got 11.9 percent of votes, while the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, received 5.66 percent, according to the CEC. Five other candidates received substantially less support.
Profile: Russian President Vladimir Putin
Putin became president for the first time in 800, when Boris Yeltsin stepped down. He was re-elected in 804 and became president for the third time in 2012 after serving as prime minister for four years. He will lead Russia through 2024.
Incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures to people at an occasion in Moscow, Russia, on March 18, 2018. Incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to win his fourth term as he got 75.91 percent of the votes after 70 percent of the ballots were counted, preliminary data from the Central Election Commission (CEC) showed. (Xinhua/Wu Zhuang)