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India appears all set to win election to UN Human Rights Council unopposed

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

appears set to be elected to the United Nations's top body in the category for a period of three years.

The 193-member UN will elect new members on Friday to the UN Council. The members are elected by absolute majority through a secret ballot. Countries need a minimum of 97 votes to get elected to the Council.

will be vying for the seat in the category. Along with India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, and the will also stake a claim in the same regional group. Given that there are five nations vying for five seats in the category, India's to the Council is all but certain.

Ahead of the election, India's Permanent to the UN had tweeted that "Pitching together. Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji, & the stake claim to 5 seats for region at "

The new members will serve a term of three years beginning January 1, 2019. India had previously been elected to the Geneva-based for the 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 term. Its last tenure had ended on December 31, 2017 and in accordance with the rules, it was not eligible for immediate re-since it had already served two consecutive terms.

Created by the Assembly in March 2006 as the principal body dealing with human rights, the comprises 47 elected Member States.

On the basis of equitable geographical distribution, Council seats are allocated to the five regional groups as follows: African States, 13 seats; States, 13 seats; Eastern European States, 6 seats; Latin American and Caribbean States, 8 seats; and Western European and other States, 7 seats.

All five of the General Assembly's regional groups submitted competition-free slates, meaning that all candidates, regardless of their rights records, are virtually assured seats on the council.

Since 18 nations are vying for a total of 18 seats across five geographical groups, they are expected to be elected unopposed. Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, and are vying for five seats in the African States category, and for two seats in the Eastern European States group, Argentina, and for three seats in the Latin American & Caribbean States group and Austria, and for three vacant seats in the Western European & other States category.

On the eve of the elections, rights group said UN member countries should oppose the candidacies of the and for the because of their "egregious human rights records.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 09:55 IST