In accordance with the General Assembly's rules for the geographic distribution of the non-permanent members of the Security Council, and established practice, the members were to be elected as follows: two from Africa, one from Asia, one from Latin American and the Caribbean Group (GRULAC), and one from the Eastern European Group.
There was a total of seven candidates for the five seats. The seats of the Asian Group and GRULAC were not contested, with single candidates applying for them: Chile and the Republic of Korea, respectively. For the two seats reserved for African nations, there were three candidates: Benin, Egypt, and Guinea-Bissau; the election was only significantly contested between Benin and Guinea-Bissau, as Egypt's candidacy was to fill the unofficial seat reserved for members of the Arab League (being vacated by Oman). For the single seat of the Eastern European Group, there were two candidates: Albania and Poland. Of these, a number were the official endorsed candidates of their respective regional groups. These endorsements were as follows:
African Group: Egypt and Guinea-Bissau
Asian Group: Republic of Korea
Pellumb Kulla of Albania, speaking for the Eastern European Group, said that the Group was not in a position to endorse a candidate. As the representative of Albania, he then presented his own countries candidature.
The election was ended in a single round of voting, with Albania and Benin losing to Poland and Guinea-Bissau, respectively, and the other candidates running unopposed. This led to the result of Chile, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Poland, and the Republic of Korea being elected to serve two-year terms at the United Nations Security Council commencing 1 January 1996.