The UN General Assembly and the Security Council will meet on Monday for a new round of voting for the last seat at the International Court of Justice as the battle between India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood remained deadlocked.
Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Bhandari is seeking re-election at the Hague-based ICJ. The deadlock remains even after 11 rounds of elections held in both the UNGA and UNSC failing to yield results.
Under the election procedures, the balloting would be held simultaneously by the Assembly and the Council.
Bhandari enjoyed nearly two-third majority in the 193-member Assembly in the successive rounds of elections spread over two days in the last two weeks. But Bhandari trailed in the UNSC with Greenwood receiving nine votes as against his five in the Security Council.
As per ICJ rules, the candidates need to gain majority in both the General assembly and Security Council to be declared elected.
On Monday, the election would be presided over by the General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak, his spokesperson Brendan Varma said at a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York.
The spokesperson said that there were additional procedures that could be followed in New York if the Monday’s meeting remained inconclusive. For example, a joint conference could be formed, consisting of six members (three appointed by the General Assembly and three by the Security Council).
“This joint conference could then agree upon a name by an absolute majority and submit it for the acceptance of the Assembly and the Council,” said Varma.
The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term, elections for which are held separately but simultaneously in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in New York.
Last week, four of the six candidates in the fray were elected — Ronny Abraham of France, Antnio Augusto Canado Trindade of Brazil and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia and Nawaf Salam of Lebanon — securing absolute majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council.
(With inputs from PTI)