News By/Courtesy: Riddhima Kedia | 03 Jun 2020 2:01am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On Monday, France took over the Presidency of the 15-nation Council
  • The date scheduled for the election of the Security Council is June 17.
  • India stands as a candidate for the non-permanent member’s seat representing the Asia-Pacific category for the term period of 2021-22

UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO CONTEST ELECTIONS ON JUNE 17
On June 17, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will contest its elections for the five non-permanent members to join in the global body. On Monday, France took over the Presidency of the 15-nation Council, and immediately the program was released.
As per the informal provisional program of work this month, the date scheduled for the election of the Security Council is June 17.
India stands as a candidate for the non-permanent member’s seat representing the Asia-Pacific category for the term period of 2021-22. Barring none, New Delhi's candidature was endorsed by the 55-member of Asia-Pacific group, including countries like China and Pakistan, in June last year.

The General Assembly has adopted to hold the election under new voting arrangements, considering the COVID-19’s precautions as their top priority.
The UNSC elections are held in the General Assembly hall with each of the 193 member states casting its vote in a secret ballot. However, large gatherings at the world body's headquarter are postponed until the end of the month due to the pandemic.

Allegedly, President of the General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande will circulate a letter to all the Member States, before 10 working days. The first round of secret balloting for the elections will be informing the date on which the elections will be held, the number of vacant seats, the venue where ballots may be cast, and other logistical details.

On the day of the elections, the voter will be required to visit the designated venue during a specific time slot to cast its ballots. Only ballots cast in the ballot boxes at the designated venue will be accepted and no ballots would be accepted after the last time slot has expired.
If the final ballot papers do not amount to at least a majority of the members of the Assembly, the President would circulate a letter to all Member States assigning a new date and time for the elections. The General Assembly President will circulate a letter to all Member States informing them of the results once the voting is complete and the ballots counted.

Each year the General Assembly elects five non-permanent members for a two-year term. The 10 non-permanent seats are distributed on a regional basis - five for African and Asian states; one for the Eastern European States; two for the Latin American and Caribbean States; and two for Western European and other States.
India has been at the vanguard in the years-long efforts to reform the Security Council. It rightly deserves a place as a permanent member of the Council.
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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Jun 2020 13:45pm IST


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