1967 United Nations Security Council election
5 (of 10) non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council
The 1967 United Nations Security Council election was held on 6 November 1967 during the Twenty-second session of the United Nations General Assembly, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The General Assembly elected Algeria, Hungary, Pakistan, Paraguay, and Senegal, as the five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 1968.
The Security Council has 15 seats, filled by five permanent members and ten non-permanent members. Each year, half of the non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms. A sitting member may not immediately run for re-election.
In accordance with the rules whereby the ten non-permanent UNSC seats rotate among the various regional blocs into which UN member states traditionally divide themselves for voting and representation purposes, the five available seats are allocated as follows:
- Two for African countries, one of which being the "Arab Swing Seat" (held by Mali and Nigeria)
- One for the Asian Group (now the Asia-Pacific Group) (held by Japan)
- One for Latin America and the Caribbean (held by Argentina)
- One for the Eastern European Group (held by Bulgaria)
To be elected, a candidate must receive a two-thirds majority of those present and voting. If the vote is inconclusive after the first round, three rounds of restricted voting shall take place, followed by three rounds of unrestricted voting, and so on, until a result has been obtained. In restricted voting, only official candidates may be voted on, while in unrestricted voting, any member of the given regional group, with the exception of current Council members, may be voted on.
The election was managed by the then-President of the United Nations General Assembly Corneliu Mănescu of Romania. At this date the UN had 122 member states (for a timeline of UN membership, see Enlargement of the United Nations). Delegates of the member states were to write the names of the five countries they wished to elect on the ballot papers. There were no nominations prior to the election. Voting was conducted by secret ballot, and on a single ballot. 118 ballot papers were used.
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- United Nations Security Council (2008), Repertoire of the practice of the Security Council, p. 178, retrieved 3 November 2011
- Conforti, Benedetto (2005), The law and practice of the United Nations, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, p. 61, retrieved 3 November 2011
- Charter of the United Nations, Article 23
- Resolution 1991 A (XVIII), dated 1963-12-17, in force 1965-08-31.
- "Asian group of nations at UN changes its name to Asia-Pacific group", Radio New Zealand International, 2011-08-31.
- U.N. General Assembly, 22nd session. Official Record of the One Thousand Five Hundred Ninety-fifth Meeting Held at Headquarters, New York, On Monday, 6 November 1967. (A/PV.1595) 6 November 1967
- UN Document A/59/881 Note Verbale from the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica containing a record of Security Council elections up to 2004