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UN Security Council elections to remain held at June 17

The program has been released on Monday since France took on the Presidency of this 15-nation Council for June. India is a candidate to get a non-permanent seat in the Asia-Pacific class for its 2021-22 term. Its success is given because it’s the only candidate vying for the sole chair in the group. New Delhi’s candidature was endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific group, such as China and Pakistan, in June this past year.

The General Assembly last week adopted a decision to maintain the Security Council elections under new voting structures considering constraints in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

From India’s view, any shift in the way in which the voting is conducted won’t impact much because it’s the only candidate in the Asia Pacific area and its duration begins just in January 2021.

The UNSC elections have been held at the General Assembly hall together with all the 193 member countries casting its vote in a secret ballot. But, big in-person meetings in the world body’s headquarters endure postponed on account of the Covid-19 pandemic until the end of June. Under the new voting agreement, President of the General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande will circulate a letter to all Member States at least 10 working days ahead of the initial round of secret balloting for those elections, notifying them of the date on which the elections will be held, the number of empty seats, the place where ballots could be cast along with other logistical information.

On the afternoon of the elections, the voter will be asked to stop by the designated place during a particular time slot to cast its ballots. Just ballots cast at the ballot boxes in the designated place are going to be approved and no ballots will be taken after the previous time slot has died.

In the event the entire amount of ballot papers cast in all of the ballot boxes don’t sum to at least a vast majority of those members of the Meeting, the President would circulate a letter to all Member States signaling a new time and date for the elections. Canada, Ireland, and Norway are vying for two seats in Western Europe and other nations class, Mexico is the sole candidate for the one Latin America and Caribbean chair and Kenya and Djibouti will rival the seat available for the African American group.

India has been at the forefront of its years-long attempts to reform the Security Council stating it warrants a place as a permanent member of this Council, which in its present form doesn’t reflect the geo-political realities of the 21st Century.

Every year the General Assembly elects five-star members (from 10 in total) to get a long-term duration. The 10 non-permanent chairs are distributed on a regional basis – five for African and Asian States; one for the Eastern European States; 2 to its Latin American and the Caribbean States; and 2 to get Western European and other States.