4th Round a Tie, Ferrero-Waldner and Baki Withdrew

I just heard from three independent trusted sources in Paris that no one had received a majority in the fourth round of voting, and that the selection will go to a fifth round tomorrow. According to the rules, the voting tomorrow will be between the top two on today's vote.

Voting for the UNESCO Director General
Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Farouk Hosny 22 23 25 29
Irina Bokova 8 8 13 29
Benita Ferrero-Waldner 7 9 11 0
Ivonne Baki 7 8 9 0
Ina Marciulionyte 3 4 0 0
Alexander Yakovenko 7 3 0 0
Noureini Tidjani-Serpos 2 2 0 0
Sospeter Muhongo 1 1 0 0
Mohammed Bedjaoui 0 0 0 0
Blank 1 0 0 0
Total 58 58 58 58


I heard a rumor that Ivonne Baki has withdrawn from the election for the new Director General of UNESCO. That would leave the voting among three candidates, Farouk Hosny, Irina Bokova and Mohammed Bedjaoui. The last of these three has not received a single vote in the first three rounds and would appear to be a very dark horse.



  1. It is not a rumor - the Ambassador of Ecuador at UNESCO did announce just before the 4th round the withdrawal of the candidature of Ivonne Baki. However he did not call on those who had voted for Ivonne to support either of the remaining candidates. So there is a question: would all of those who had voted for Ivonne (9 votes cast for her at 3rd round, which is less than the number of Latin American countries sitting on UNESCO Executive Council)shift their support to Hosni? This is not likely. But would all of them vote for Irina? Again, it is far from guaranteed.

  2. What is the reason to go to a 5th round when it is already clear that there are two candidates left (Mohammed keeps getting no votes)? Further, these two candidates have 29 votes each. In this case there is no need for another round. It is high time to find another candidate who would be able to receive majority. Farouk made a blatant mistake and could not pass the threshold of 30 votes. Irina, however, could not get enough support from the electoral groups. Is it because of her past as member of a totalitarian party?

  3. The negotiations may go to a higher level, at the United Nations Summit taking place this week in New York. I note that powerful voices are being raised in some countries to encourage their governments to change their votes.

  4. Anonymous9/21/2009

    What happens if it is a tie in the 5th round?

  5. There are reports from news agencies saying the in case of a second tie at the last 5th round the DG of UNESCO would be picked in a draw. What are these rules that allow the selection for the highest post to be decided in a draw?

  6. I have no idea what happens if there is a tie tomorrow. I suppose the Executive Board might recommend both candidates to the General Conference. Indeed, if one candidate wins tomorrow, the other might appeal to the General Conference, which has the power of rejecting the Executive Board's selection and ordering the Executive Board to make a new selection,

  7. "En cas de nouvelle égalité entre les deux candidats à l'issue du 5e tour mardi, il sera procédé à un tirage au sort pour les départager, a-t-on précisé à l'Unesco."

    Le Monde