Dalveer Bhandari elected again at the ICJ
The elections for the ICJ (International Court of Justice) were held on Monday in New York, where Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected. After Britain’s candidate Christopher Greenwood backed out, Bhandai gained the fifth and the last spot. Britain and India are said to be in a head to head competition for the last spot. However, Britain opted out in the end.
Dalveer Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the UN General Assembly. Simultaneously he also gained all 15 votes of the UN Security Council. The elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.
The member of the Security Council are said to be backing up Britain’s candidate Christopher Greenwood. All permanent members- USA, France, Russia, China backed up Britain. UK is the fifth permanent member of the UN Security Council.
The British Permanent Representative to the United Nations- Matthew Rycroft and candidate judge Christopher Greenwood apparently wrote similar letters to the President of the UN General Assembly as well as the Security Council. This turn of events led to Christopher Greenwood’s backing out of the fifteen membered International Court of Justice.
Voting took place in 11 rounds, wherein Dalveer Bhandari received a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly and the Security Council. Whereas Christopher Greenwood received nine votes against five for Bhandari. This deadlock, according to Matthew Rycroft said Christopher could do nothing but back out of the race.
Once he withdrew from the race to the last spot in the ICJ, Bhandari was the only candidate left. After which he was elected to the last left spot. However, General Assembly and Security Council still underwent the formal voting procedure for his re-election.
Congratulating Bhandari, Uk said that they were pleased to see friends win and that they are going to continue with cooperative relations with India.