UN Security Council elections go ahead next month


The United Nations has confirmed the election for non-permanent seats on the Security Council, which pits Canada against Norway and Ireland, will take place next month under unprecedented new rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The 193 ambassadors will cast their votes in a secret ballot, but it won't take place during a full meeting of the General Assembly because of the outbreak in New York City.
Instead, the ambassadors will be notified to go to a designated venue at UN headquarters at staggered time slots to receive a paper ballot.
The details were released in a memo that has been under consideration by the UN ambassadors for more than a week.
Canadian Ambassador Marc-Andre Blanchard says the country is ready for a June vote if it can be done in a safe way and carried out with respect for UN voting rules.
The vote was originally set for June 17th.
The new rules do not specify exactly when the ballot will occur, other than sometime in the month.