India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari today re-elected to the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.
Bhandari receive 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secure all the 15 votes in the Security Council. After separate and simultaneous elections held at the UN headquarters in New York.
The elections held after United Kingdom, in a dramatic turn of events, withdrew out of the race for the Hague-base ICJ, thus paving the way for Bhandari’s reelection to the prestigious world court.
Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood lock in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ.
The permanent members of the Security Council — the US, Russia, France and China — were understood to have been throwing their weight behind Greenwood. Britain is the fifth permanent member of the Security Council.
In a dramatic turn of events, the British Permanent Representative to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, write identical letters to the presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council, before the two chambers were scheduled to meet at 3 pm (local time) for the 12th round of voting.
Read out simultaneously by both the presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council, Rycroft said that its candidate Judge Christopher Greenwood had decided to withdraw from the election to the 15-membered ICJ. He along with Bhandari were seeking re-election for the nine-year term.
In the 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari get nearly twothirds of the votes in the General Assembly. And in Security Council Greenwood consistently receive nine votes as against five for his opponent. This result in a stalemate.
As per the letter read out simultaneously in the General Assembly and the Security Council. Rycroft said the current deadlock is unlikely to be break by further rounds of voting.
Selection Process steps
As such he announce for withdrawal from the race. Bhandari is the only candidate in the race. The General Assembly and Security Council still go through the formal motion of voting to complete the formalities.
The voting in the General Assembly which overwhelmingly favours India is reflective of the new global order. Which is not pleasant to the world powers.
India see the democratic process need to playe its full course in both the Security Council and the General Assembly. And there should not be an intervention or adoption of a process that never use before or the one that undermines the voice of the majority.