|Date||8 November 2004|
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Agenda item 16
Elections to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and other elections: election of seven members of the Committee for Programme and Coordination
Note by the Secretary-General (A/59/131)
Pursuant to General Assembly decision 42/450 of 17 December 1987, the Assembly elects the members of the Committee for Programme and Coordination upon their nomination by the Economic and Social Council.
The Assembly has before it document A/59/131, which contains the names of the countries nominated by the Economic and Social Council to fill the vacancies in the Committee that will occur as a result of the expiration, on 31 December 2004, of the terms of office of China, Ethiopia, Japan, Nigeria, the Republic of Korea, Tunisia and Uruguay.
Those States are eligible for immediate re-election.
I should like to remind members that, after 1 January 2005, the following States will still be members of the Committee: Argentina, Armenia, the Bahamas, Benin, Brazil, Canada, the Central African Republic, the Comoros, Cuba, France, Gabon, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America and Zimbabwe.
Therefore, those 27 States are not eligible in this election.
I should now like to inform members that the following Member States have been nominated by the Economic and Social Council.
The three African States, for three vacancies, are Algeria, Ghana and Kenya.
The three Asian States, for three vacancies, are China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
The one Latin American and Caribbean State, for one vacancy, is Jamaica.
In accordance with rule 92 of the rules of procedure, all elections should be held by secret ballot, and there shall be no nominations. However, I should like to recall paragraph 16 of General Assembly decision 34/401, whereby the practice of dispensing with the secret ballot for elections to subsidiary organs when the number of candidates corresponds to the number of seats to be filled should become standard, unless a delegation specifically requests a vote on a given election.
In the absence of such a request, may I take it that the Assembly decides to proceed to the election on the basis of dispensing with the secret ballot?
Since the number of States nominated from among the three regional groups corresponds to the number of seats to be filled in each of those groups, may I therefore take it that the Assembly wishes to declare those States nominated by the Economic and Social Council from among the African States, the Asian States and the Latin American and Caribbean States -- namely, Algeria, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya and the Republic of Korea -- elected members of the Committee for Programme and Coordination for three-year terms of office beginning on 1 January 2005.
I congratulate the seven States that have been elected members of the Committee for Programme and Coordination.
We have thus concluded our consideration of agenda item 16.