UNITED NATIONS: Voting was deadlocked on Thursday at the UN in the election of World Court judges in which Dalveer Bhandari of India is facing a Lebanese diplomat in his re-election bid.
The General Assembly and the Security Council could not come up with five judges in the three rounds of separate ballots for election and further voting was adjourned to later in the evening.
The voting was complicated by the election system under which each country has five votes which they can distribute in any way they choose, allowing them to give more than one vote to a single candidate.
It also does not also follow a system under which the five highest vote-getters would be elected. The election would be complete only when there are five candidates left with more than the absolute majority of 97 votes in the Assembly and eight in the Council.
In the three ballots so far, all the six candidates received more than 97 votes in the Assembly and eight in the Council, because the candidates received more than one vote from some countries.
If the deadlock continues, a group made up of three Council and three Assembly members may be asked to make a recommendation on which the two chambers could vote.