Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo elected to Security Council
General Assembly delegates applaud Morocco after it was elected as a
non-permanent member of the Security Council
22 October 2011 -
Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo will serve as non-permanent members of
the 15-member Security Council in 2012-13 after winning their seats during
elections held earlier today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
But a fifth vacant seat, which is allocated to an Eastern European country,
remains unfilled after no country passed the necessary threshold during nine
rounds of voting.
UN Member States voted in the General Assembly by secret ballot for five
non-permanent seats divided by geographical grouping - three from Africa and
the Asia-Pacific region, one from Eastern Europe, and one from Latin America
and the Caribbean.
To win election, a country must receive a two-thirds majority of those
countries present and voting, regardless of whether or not they are the only
candidate in their region. Voting continues until the threshold is reached
for the required number of seats.
Guatemala received 191 votes and was duly elected to the Latin America and
Caribbean seat, Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser announced
after the conclusion of the first round of voting this morning.
Morocco received 151 votes and Pakistan received 129 votes in the first
round, which means they were elected to two of the three seats allocated to
Africa and the Asia-Pacific. Morocco has served twice previously on the
Council - in 1963-64 and again in 1992-93. Pakistan has served on six
previous occasions, most recently in 2003-04.
Togo (119 votes), Mauritania (98), Kyrgyzstan (55) and Fiji (one) did not
receive enough votes in the first round, and during a second, restricted
round of voting Togo again received 119 votes while Mauritania obtained 72.
But in a third round of voting, Togo obtained 131 votes, above the
two-thirds threshold, and was therefore elected. Mauritania received 61
votes. It will be the second time in its history that Togo has served on the
Security Council, with the first stint taking place in 1982-83.
In the Eastern European category, after nine rounds of voting, no country
had met the two-thirds majority threshold. Voting will resume on Monday. In
the ninth round of balloting, Azerbaijan obtained 113 votes and Slovenia
received 77 votes.
Today's elections were held to replace the departing members of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria.
The new members will join Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South
Africa, whose terms end on 31 December 2012, and the five permanent Council
members, which each wield the power of veto - China, France, Russia, the
United Kingdom and the United States.
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