Plenipotentiary Conference 1998 -- Minneapolis USA

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Elections

The Conference agreed that the deadline for the submission of candidatures for the posts of Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, Directors of the Bureaux of the Sectors and Members of the Council was Monday, 19 October, 18:00, Minneapolis local time.

The procedures for the elections of all elective posts were also agreed as follows.

1.Procedures

The procedures for the elections are as follows:


Procedures for the election of the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General and the Directors of the Bureaux of the Sectors

The following procedure has been approved by the Plenipotentiary Conference, Minneapolis, 1998, for the election of the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General and the Directors of the Bureaux of the Sectors.

  1. Voting concerning the election of the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General and the Directors of the Bureaux of the Sectors shall be by secret ballot and be carried out in three polls, the first one comprising the post of Secretary-General, the second the post of the Deputy Secretary-General, and the third the posts of Directors of the Bureaux.
  2. Proxy votes in accordance with Nos. 335 to 338 of the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) shall be permitted.
  3. Before proceeding to the vote, five tellers, one for each region, shall be designated by the Chairman.
  4. Any candidate obtaining a majority of votes shall be elected.
  5. A majority shall consist of more than half the delegations present and voting. The provisions of No. 416 of the Convention shall apply when the number of abstentions exceeds half the number of votes cast.
  6. Before proceeding to the elections pertaining to one group, each delegation having the right to vote shall receive a separate ballot paper for each of the posts included in the group, bearing the names of all candidates in alphabetical order.
  7. Each delegation should indicate on its ballot paper the candidate it supports by means of a cross against the name of that candidate.
  8. Blank ballot papers shall be considered as abstentions and ballot papers containing more than one cross or any other mark than a cross shall be considered as invalid and shall not be counted.
  9. If, in the first ballot, no candidate is elected in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 4 above, one or, if necessary, two further ballots shall be taken, after successive intervals of at least six hours, in order to obtain a majority.
  10. If, after the third ballot, no candidate has obtained a majority, there shall, after an interval of at least twelve hours, be a fourth ballot in which the two candidates having the largest number of votes at the third ballot shall be voted upon.
  11. If, however, after the third ballot, there is a tie between several candidates so that the two candidates to be voted upon at the fourth ballot cannot be selected, one or, if necessary, two additional ballots, after successive intervals of at least six hours, shall be first held to distinguish between the candidates in question.
  12. If there is a tie in both the additional ballots mentioned in paragraph 11 above, the Chairman shall draw lots to determine the candidate or candidates to be selected among those obtaining the same number of votes.
  13. If, after the fourth and last ballot, there is a tie, the Chairman shall draw lots to determine the candidate who shall be declared elected.

Procedure for the Election of the
Members of the Council

The following procedure has been approved by the Minneapolis Plenipotentiary Conference, 1998 for the election of Member States of the Union to serve on the Council.

  1. The number of Member States of the Union to be elected from each of the regions A, B, C, D and E are as follows:

Region A:

8
Region B: 8
Region C: 5
Region D: 13
Region E: 12
  1. The voting shall take place by secret ballot.

  2. Proxy votes in accordance with Nos. 335 to 338 of the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) shall be permitted.

  3. Each delegation having the right to vote shall receive a single ballot paper bearing the names, in French alphabetical order, of the Member States of the Union which are candidates, grouped into the regions A, B, C, D and E.

  4. Before proceeding to the vote, five tellers, one for each region, shall be designated by the Chairman.

  5. Each delegation should indicate on its ballot paper the names of the Member States it supports, by means of crosses against the names of a maximum of:

    8 Member States for region A
    8 Member States for region B
    5 Member States for region C
    13 Member States for region D
    12 Member States for region E
  1. Ballot papers bearing respectively for any region more than 8, 8, 5, 13, 12 crosses or any other mark than a cross, will be considered invalid for the region or regions concerned.

  2. After the count, a list shall be drawn up by the secretariat of candidate Member States in each region in decreasing order of the number of votes obtained. This list, after verification by the tellers, shall be handed to the Chairman of the Conference.

  3. If, for any region, several Member States tie for the last seat or seats, a special ballot shall be taken to decide between the candidates.

  4. If there is a tie after a special ballot, the Chairman shall draw lots to determine the Member State which shall be declared elected.

  5. Shall be declared elected to the Council:

the 8 Member States which obtained the most votes for region A
the 8 Member States which obtained the most votes for region B
the 5 Member States which obtained the most votes for region C
the 13 Member States which obtained the most votes for region D
the 12 Member States which obtained the most votes for region E

Procedures for the election of the members of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB)

The following procedure has been approved by the Minneapolis Plenipotentiary Conference, 1998, for the election of twelve members of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB).

  1. Two members of the RRB shall be elected from each of the regions A, B and C and three each from regions D and E.
  2. The voting shall take place by secret ballot.
  3. Proxy votes in accordance with Nos. 335 to 338 of the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) shall be permitted.
  4. Each delegation having the right to vote shall receive a ballot paper bearing the names, in alphabetical order, of the candidates and against the name of each candidate, the name of the countries concerned, Member States of the Union, which have presented candidates for membership of the Board, grouped into the regions A, B, C, D and E.
  5. Before proceeding to the vote, five tellers, one for each region, shall be designated by the Chairman of the Conference.
  6. Each delegation should indicate on its ballot paper the names of the candidates it supports by means of crosses against a maximum of two candidates per region for regions A, B and C, and against a maximum of three candidates per region for regions D and E.
  7. Ballot papers bearing more than two crosses for regions A, B or C, or three for regions D or E, or any other mark than a cross shall be considered invalid for the region or regions concerned.
  8. The candidates (two each for regions A, B and C and three each for regions D and E) receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected members of the RRB.
  9. After the count, a list shall be drawn up by the secretariat of the candidates in each region in decreasing order of the number of votes obtained. This list, after verification by the tellers, shall be handed to the Chairman of the Conference.
  10. Special ballots shall be held to classify, if necessary, candidates for the same region having received an equal number of votes.
  11. If there is a tie following a special ballot, the Chairman shall draw lots to determine the candidate who shall be declared elected.

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