General Assembly Elects 18 Members to Economic and Social Council

GA/11161
24 October 2011

General Assembly Elects 18 Members to Economic and Social Council

24 October 2011
General Assembly
GA/11161
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-sixth General Assembly

Plenary

39th & 40thMeetings (AM & PM)


General Assembly Elects 18 Members to Economic and Social Council

 


Azerbaijan Elected as Member of Security Council

After Slovenia Drops Bid, Ending 16‑Round, Two-Day Voting Deadlock


The General Assembly today elected 18 members of the Economic and Social Council to serve three-year terms beginning 1 January 2012.


Those elected today were:  Belarus, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan Lesotho, Libya, Nigeria, Spain and Turkey.


The 18 outgoing members were Côte d’Ivoire, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea‑Bissau, India, Japan, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela.


The new members were elected according to the following pattern:  five from African States, three from Asian‑Pacific States, one from Eastern European States, four from Latin American and Caribbean States and five from Western European and other States.


Ahead of that action, the Assembly, in a by‑election, decided that the Netherlands and Switzerland would fill the remaining terms of office of Belgium and Norway, respectively, which expired at year‑end, per that Group’s rotation scheme.  The Netherlands’ term would begin on 1 January 2012 and end on 31 December 2012.  Switzerland’s term would begin on 1 January 2012 and end on 31 December 2013.  The Assembly also elected Bulgaria to fill Hungary’s unexpired term of office on the Economic and Social Council in the Eastern European States Group, which would begin on 1 January 2012 and end 31 December 2013.


As of 1 January 2012, the remaining States making up the 54‑member body will be:  Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Comoros, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Gabon, Ghana, Iraq, Italy, Latvia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States of America and Zambia.


In other business today, the General Assembly elected Azerbaijan as the fifth and final non‑permanent member to the Security Council in balloting carried over from 21 October, when a marathon nine voting rounds had failed to produce a winner for the one vacant seat allocated to the Eastern European States.  (See Press Release GA/11160.)


Today, Slovenia broke the deadlock by withdrawing its candidature after the sixteenth balloting round, allowing Azerbaijan to be voted in with 155 votes in favour — of a total 193 ballots cast — with 24 abstentions and a required majority of 113 votes.  Azerbaijan’s two‑year term on the Council begins on 1 January 2012.  It joins Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo, which were elected on 21 October for the same term of office


Speaking after the sixteenth voting round, Slovenia’s delegate said his country had entered the race for non‑permanent Council membership 11 years ago, believing it was “a good fit for the Security Council of today”.  Its campaign had always been about Slovenia’s values and never about running against another country.  However, his Government did not approve of the way in which the elections had been.  As he withdrew Slovenia’s candidacy, he thanked all countries that had shown their support.


The General Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. Tuesday 25 October to discuss the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba.


Economic and Social Council Elections


Ahead of general elections for the Economic and Social Council, the Assembly President drew attention to a letter from the representative of the Russian Federation, (document A/66/496), in his capacity as Chair of the Group of Eastern European States for the month of October 2011, informing the Assembly that Hungary, according to an internal agreement with Bulgaria, would relinquish its seat on the Council for the remainder of its term (2012‑2013) in favour of Bulgaria as of 31 December 2011.


He also drew attention to a letter from Monaco’s representative, in her capacity as Chair of the Group of Western European and Other States, (document A/66/495), which announced that, per the Group’s rotation scheme, two Council members — Belgium and Norway — would relinquish part of their terms on 1 January 2012.


Voting Results for By‑Election


Eastern and European States

 

Number of ballot papers:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

2

Number of valid ballots:

187

Abstentions:

11

Number of Members present and voting:

176

Required majority:

118


Number of votes obtained by country:


Bulgaria

150

Belarus

24

Hungary

2


Western and European and Other States

 

Number of ballot papers:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

1

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

8

Number of Members present and voting:

180

Required majority:

120


Number of votes obtained by country:


Switzerland

161

Netherlands

159

France

13

Germany

9

Turkey

4

Belgium

2

Ireland

2

Spain

2

Malta

1

Norway

1

Sweden

1


Having obtained the required majority, Bulgaria, Netherlands and Switzerland were elected members of the Economic and Social Council for a term of office beginning on 1 January 2012 and ending on 31 December 2012 in the case of the Netherlands, and ending on 31 December 2013 for Bulgaria and Switzerland.


Voting Results for General Elections


African States (5 Seats)


Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

193

Abstentions:

0

Number of Members present and voting:

193

Required majority:

129


Number of votes obtained by country:


Burkina Faso

193

Ethiopia

189

Lesotho

189

Nigeria

188

Libya

177


Asian States (3 Seats)


Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

193

Abstentions:

0

Number of Members present and voting:

193

Required majority:

129


Number of votes obtained by country:


Indonesia

191

India

189

Japan

186

Afghanistan

1


Eastern European States (1 Seat)


Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

3

Number of valid ballots:

190

Abstentions:

18

Number of Members present and voting:

172

Required majority:

115


Number of votes obtained by country:


Belarus

172


Latin American and Caribbean States (4 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

1

Number of valid ballots:

192

Abstentions:

1

Number of Members present and voting:

191

Required two‑thirds majority:

128


Number of votes obtained by country:


Dominican Republic

188

El Salvador

187

Brazil

186

Cuba

183


Western European and Other States (5 Seats)


Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

193

Abstentions:

2

Number of Members present and voting:

191

Required majority:

128


Number of votes obtained by country:


Spain

182

France

181

Germany

181

Ireland

181

Turkey

179

Belgium

1

Norway

1


Having obtained the required two‑thirds majority, the following 18 States were elected members of the Economic and Social Council for a three‑year term beginning on 1 January 2012:  Belarus, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Lesotho, Libya, Nigeria, Spain and Turkey.


Tenth Round of Voting (Sixth Restricted)


Eastern European States

 

Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

193

Abstentions:

0

Number of Members present and voting:

193

Required majority:

129


Number of votes obtained by country:


Azerbaijan

110

Slovenia

83


With no country from the Eastern European States having received the required majority, the Assembly held an eleventh ballot.


Eleventh Round of Voting (Fourth Unrestricted)


Eastern European States

 

Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

193

Abstentions:

1

Number of Members present and voting:

192

Required majority:

128


Number of votes obtained by country:


Azerbaijan

110

Slovenia

82


With no country from the Eastern European States having received the required majority, the Assembly held a twelfth ballot.


Twelfth Round of Voting (Fifth Unrestricted)


Eastern European States

 

Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

193

Abstentions:

1

Number of Members present and voting:

192

Required majority:

128


Number of votes obtained by country:


Azerbaijan

111

Slovenia

81


With no country from the Eastern European States having received the required majority, the Assembly held a thirteenth ballot.


Thirteenth Round of Voting (Sixth Unrestricted)


Eastern European States

 

Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

192

Abstentions:

1

Number of Members present and voting:

191

Required majority:

128


Number of votes obtained by country:


Azerbaijan

111

Slovenia

80


With no country from the Eastern European States having received the required majority, the Assembly held a fourteenth ballot.


Fourteenth Round of Voting (Seventh Restricted)


Eastern European States


Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

192

Abstentions:

1

Number of Members present and voting:

191

Required majority:

128


Number of votes obtained by country:


Azerbaijan

110

Slovenia

81


With no country from the Eastern European States having received the required majority, the Assembly held a fifteenth ballot.


Fifteenth Round of Voting (Eighth Restricted)


Eastern European States


Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

193

Abstentions:

0

Number of Members present and voting:

193

Required majority:

129


Number of votes obtained by country:


Azerbaijan

117

Slovenia

76


With no country from the Eastern European States having received the required majority, the Assembly held a sixteenth ballot.


Sixteenth Round of Voting (Ninth Restricted)


Eastern European States


Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

193

Abstentions:

0

Number of Members present and voting:

193

Required majority:

129


Number of votes obtained by country:


Azerbaijan

116

Slovenia

77


Speaking after that round, Slovenia’s delegate said his country had entered the race for non‑permanent Council membership 11 years ago.  “We believe we are a good fit for the Security Council of today”, he said, noting that the campaign had always been about Slovenia’s values and never against another country.  He did not approve of the way in which the elections were being held.  He withdrew Slovenia’s candidacy for the Council, thanking all countries that had shown their support.


Seventeenth Round of Voting (Seventh Unrestricted)


Eastern European States


Number of ballot papers:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

193

Abstentions:

24

Number of Members present and voting:

169

Required majority:

113


Number of votes obtained by country:


Azerbaijan

155

Slovenia

13

Hungary

1


Having obtained the required two‑thirds majority, Azerbaijan was elected to a two‑year term on the Security Council beginning on 1 January 2012.  It joins Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo, which were elected to the Council on 21 October for the same terms of office.


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