Last update: April 21, 2022

The election of Members of the Executive Board took place on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, according to the “Procedure for the election of Members of the Executive Board” (Appendix 2 of the Rules of Procedure). If necessary, a second ballot will be held on Friday, 19 November. (1) Pursuant to Rule 1 of these provisions, candidatures should reach the Director-General at least six weeks before the opening of the session. In accordance with Rule 4, “subsequent candidatures shall be admissible only if they reach the Secretariat of the General Conference at least 48 hours before the beginning of the ballot” (that is, by 9 a.m. on 15 November 2021).

(1)“If two or more candidates obtain the same number of votes and, as a result, there are still more candidates than seats to be filled, there will be a second secret ballot restricted to those candidates who obtained the same number of votes” (Rule 92).

Results of the vote

The results of the vote have been announced in the Plenary Meeting (Room I) on the same day, 17 November 2021. 

Electoral group I (3 seats to be filled) 

  • Iceland (168 votes) 
  • Austria (166 votes) 
  • Turkey (158 votes) 

Electoral group II (3 seats to be filled) 

  • Armenia (146 votes) 
  • Azerbaijan  (143 votes) 
  • Lithuania (126 votes) 

Electoral group III (6 seats to be filled) 

  • Mexico (159 votes) 
  • Chile (153 votes) 
  • Paraguay (151 votes) 
  • Saint Lucia (145 votes) 
  • Haiti (119 votes) 
  • Grenada (115 votes) 

Electoral group IV (6 seats to be filled) 

  • Japan (166 votes) 
  • Philippines (165 votes) 
  • India (164 votes) 
  • Viet Nam (163 votes) 
  • Cook Islands (154 votes) 
  • China (153 votes) 

Electoral group V (a) (6 seats to be filled)  

  • South Africa (162 votes) 
  • Botswana (161 votes) 
  • Djibouti (161 votes) 
  • United Republic of Tanzania (160 votes) 
  • Angola (157 votes) 
  • Congo (152 votes) 

Electoral group V (b) (3 seats to be filled) 

  • Kuwait (153 votes) 
  • Egypt (130 votes) 
  • Jordan (126 votes) 

Voting in all the other elections (to Headquarters Committee, Legal Committee and other subsidiary organs of the General Conference) will be organized by the Nominations Committee, which will submit the results to the plenary for approval. This will be held on Thursday, 18 November 2021 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room IV. In accordance with Rule 3 of the Procedure for the Conduct of Elections by Secret Ballot (Appendix 1, Rules of Procedure of the General Conference), candidatures shall be deemed admissible only if they reach the Secretariat of the General Conference at least seven days before the beginning of the ballot. The statutory deadline for the receipt of candidatures is therefore Thursday 11 November 2021 at 10 a.m. 

The election related to the appointment of the Director-General was scheduled for Tuesday, 9 November afternoon.