15 October 2009
General Assembly
GA/10871

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-fourth General Assembly

Plenary

20th Meeting (AM)


General Assembly Elects Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon,


Lebanon, Nigeria to Two-Year Terms on Security Council


In one round of voting, the General Assembly today elected Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria to serve as five non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2010.


They will fill seats to be vacated by Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Viet Nam.  Meanwhile, Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda will continue to serve as elected Council members during 2010, for the second year of their respective terms.  All new Council members will take their seats on 1 January 2010.


The five new non-permanent members were elected according to the following pattern:  three from Africa and Asia, one from Eastern Europe, and one from Latin America and the Caribbean.


Voting Results


African and Asian States

Number of ballot papers:

190

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

190

Abstentions:

0

Number of members present and voting:

190

Required majority:

127


Number of votes obtained by country:


Nigeria

186

Gabon

184

Lebanon

180

Togo

1

Sierra Leone

1

Iran

1

Liberia

1


Eastern European States


Number of ballot papers:

190

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

190

Abstentions:

7

Number of members present and voting:

183

Required majority:

122


Number of votes obtained by country:


Bosnia and Herzegovina

183


Latin American and Caribbean States

Number of ballot papers:

190

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

190

Abstentions:

7

Number of members present and voting:

183

Required majority:

122


Number of votes obtained by country:


Brazil

182

Venezuela

1


Having obtained the required two-thirds majority, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria were elected to the Security Council for two-year terms, beginning on 1 January 2010.


The General Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. Monday, 19 October, to discuss sport for peace and development.


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