12 October 2010
General Assembly
GA/11009

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

Sixty-fifth General Assembly

Plenary

28th Meeting (AM)


General Assembly Elects Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal, South Africa,

 

to Serve Two-Year Terms on Security Council

 


In three rounds of voting, the General Assembly today elected Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa as five non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2011.


They will fill the seats that will be vacated by Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria will continue to serve as elected Council members during 2011, for the second year of their respective terms.  All new Council members will take their seats on 1 January 2011.


The five non-permanent members were elected according to the following pattern:  two from Africa and Asia, two from Western European and Other States, and one from Latin America and the Caribbean.  The four new members from Colombia, Germany, India and South Africa were elected in the first round of voting.


After a second round of voting to determine whether Canada or Portugal would gain the second seat allocated to the Western European and other States Group, Canada withdrew its candidacy.  Subsequently, Portugal was elected to fill that seat in the third round of voting.


The General Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 13 October to discuss the follow-up to the International Year of Microcredit.


First Round Voting Results


African and Asian States

 

Number of ballot papers:

191

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

191

Abstentions:

1

Number of members present and voting:

190

Required majority:

127


Number of votes obtained by country:

India

187

South Africa

182

Pakistan

1

Swaziland

1


Latin American and Caribbean States

 

Number of ballot papers:

191

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

191

Abstentions:

5

Number of members present and voting:

186

Required majority:

124


Number of votes obtained by country:

Colombia

186


Western European and Other States

 

Number of ballot papers:

191

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

191

Abstentions:

1

Number of members present and voting:

190

Required majority:

127


Number of votes obtained by country:

Germany

128

Portugal

122

Canada

114


Having obtained the required two-thirds majority, Colombia, Germany, India and South Africa were elected to the Security Council for two-year terms, beginning on 1 January 2011.  As one seat remained to be filled from among the Western European and Other States, a second round of voting was required.


Second Round Voting results (First Restricted)


Western European and Other States

 

Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

1

Number of valid ballots:

191

Abstentions:

0

Number of members present and voting:

191

Required majority:

128


Number of votes obtained by country:

Portugal

113

Canada

78


With no country having received the required majority, the Assembly held a third round of voting.  Prior to that voting, Canada withdrew its candidacy.  A third round of voting was required to determine absolute majority on the remaining candidate.


Third Round Voting Results (Second Restricted)


Western Europe and Other States

 


Number of ballot papers:

185

Number of invalid ballots:

1

Number of valid ballots:

184

Abstentions:

2

Number of members present and voting:

182

Required majority:

122


Number of votes obtained by country:

Portugal

150

Canada

32


Having received the required majority, Portugal was elected to the Security Council for a two-year term beginning 1 January 2011.


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