New Delhi, Nov 20: India’s Dalveer Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and New Delhi is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the victory of its candidates. While the UK is pushing to stall voting at the UN General Assembly where India’s candidate Dalveer Bhandari enjoys the support of more than 120 countries, New Delhi’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said it will not deter India.Also Read - LIVE India vs New Zealand 1st Test Score and Updates, Day 3: India Takes Control As Latham Departs at 95; NZ 249/6 At Tea

The UK is looking to invoke a mechanism of UN General Assembly and Security Council Joint Conference, which has never been used in the history of ICJ election. This will invalidate popular support for Dalveer Bhandari. While Bhandari has the majority of votes in General Assembly, Britain’s Christopher Greenwood has the support of nine countries in the 15-membered Security Council. The UK needs nine votes from the Security Council for its proposal to stall the process of voting for the ICJ judge. Also Read - What Motivated Shreyas Iyer to Get His Maiden Test Ton? Coach Pravin Amre Reveals

However, it remains to be seen if the same nine countries of the Security Council support UK’s move to stall the voting, which has been described as a clearly undemocratic. “It is now about whether the outcome of the election of the World Court… that is what it is, the ICJ is the World Court… reflects the sentiments of ‘we the peoples of the world’? Does it reflect the democratic spirit of our times? The only gauge of that is the General Assembly of the United Nations,” India’s Syed Akbaruddin had said. Also Read - Football: Manisha Kalyan Defies All Odds; Scored Dream Goal Against Brazil

As per the United Nation’s ICJ election rules, the candidates need to get an absolute majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council. Both elections are held simultaneously but independently of each other. That means 97 votes in the Assembly and eight votes in the Security Council are required to win the ICJ election. A joint conference, for which the UK is pushing, comprises three members each from the General Assembly and the Council and has never been used in the entire history of seven decades of the ICJ to select a judge.

In all past cases of deadlock, it has always been the candidate with a majority in the General Assembly that has gone on to be elected judge at the ICJ, reported Times of India. The 70-year-old Dalveer Bhandari was elected to the ICJ on April 27, 2012, following a vacancy after the resignation of sitting court judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh from Jordon on being appointed as the Prime Minister. Based in The Hague, the ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term.