According to PTI, India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Justice Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the Hague based world court after United Kingdom withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood from the election. Justice Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council.
The International Court of Justice, which has its seat in The Hague, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Members of the ICJ are elected for nine-year terms, and one-third of the membership is renewed every three years. They are elected by the UN General Assembly and the Security Council, which vote at the same time but independently of each other. In order to be elected to ICJ, a candidate must obtain simple majority in the both the organs of the UN. That is to say, a successful candidate must get 97 votes in the General Assembly and 8 votes in the Security Council.