United Nations Security Council election, 1969

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United Nations Security Council election, 1969
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5 (of 10) non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council

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Members before election

 Senegal (Africa)
 Algeria (Africa, Arab)
 Pakistan (Asia)
 Paraguay (LatAm&Car)
 Hungary (E. Europe)

New Members

The 1969 United Nations Security Council election was held on 20 October 1969 during the Twenty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The General Assembly elected the Burundi, Nicaragua, Poland, Sierra Leone, and Syria, as the five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 1970.


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.[1][2] A sitting member may not immediately run for re-election.[3]

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,[4] the five available seats are allocated as follows:

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 then-President of the United Nations General Assembly Angie Brooks of Liberia. The United Nations had 126 member states at this time (for a timeline of UN membership, see Enlargement of the United Nations). There were no nomination prior to the vote. Delegates were to write the names of the five member states they wished elected on the ballot papers. Voting was conducted on a single ballot. There was a total of 126 ballot papers.

Member Round 1
 Poland 121
 Burundi 118
 Sierra Leone 117
 Nicaragua 103
 Syria 101
 Cuba 6
 Peru 3
 Togo 3
 Lebanon 2
 Tunisia 2
 Botswana 1
 Brazil 1
 Haiti 1
 Iraq 1
 Israel 1
 Japan 1
 Jordan 1
 Kenya 1
 Mali 1
 Mongolia 1
 Panama 1
 United Arab Republic 1
 Tanzania 1
 Yugoslavia 1
abstentions 0
invalid ballots 0
required majority 84


See also[edit]


  1. ^ United Nations Security Council (2008), Repertoire of the practice of the Security Council, p. 178, retrieved 3 November 2011 
  2. ^ Conforti, Benedetto (2005), The law and practice of the United Nations, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, p. 61, retrieved 3 November 2011 
  3. ^ Charter of the United Nations, Article 23
  4. ^ Resolution 1991 A (XVIII), dated 1963-12-17, in force 1965-08-31.
  5. ^ "Asian group of nations at UN changes its name to Asia-Pacific group", Radio New Zealand International, 2011-08-31.
  6. ^ U.N. General Assembly, 24th session. Official Record of the One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-seventh Meeting Held at UN Headquarters, New York, On Monday, 20 October 1969. (A/PV.1787) 20 October 1969

External links[edit]

  • UN Document A/59/881 Note Verbale from the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica containing a record of Security Council elections up to 2004