Ban takes 1st Straw Poll

South Korean candidate Ban Ki Moon led in “enouragements” today in the first straw poll for UNSG, with Tharoor, Surakiart following and Dhanapala in last place.

Encourage Discourage No Opinion
Ban 12 1 2
Tharoor 10 2 3
Surakiart 7 3 5
Dhanapala 5 6 4

Each government signaled its preferences by marking on secret ballots whether they would “encourage” each candidate, “discourage” him, or had “no opinion.” Ban and Tharoor were informed in person and Dhanapala and Surakiart were phoned by Security Council President Jean-Marc de La Sabliere with their individual tallies and the highest and lowest tallies. Despite being asked afterward in several different ways, Ambassador de La Sabliere refused to officially reveal the results, but jokingly told reporters that,

“To be sure anonymity is respected, we all had the same pen… So no one can know exactly…”

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton noted in speaking with reporters that there was no differentiation in the voting between permanent and non-permanent members, a rule he suggested nonetheless “is not neccesarily true for future straw polls.” 

Bolton commented that the four candidates would now be able to judge whether to continue in the race and others who may be considering joining the race may do so. On the question of regional rotation, Bolton suggested that President Bush was merely stating “the common wisdom” last week, that the U.S. position on regional rotation was “unchanged” and that ”…now it’s up to candidates whether they are from Asia or from other regions to make a decision whether to have a member government put their name forward.” 

Bolton stepped back from his comments Friday that stating the U.S. preference would be a “kiss of death,” saying instead that “to give an indication really may or may not advantage the candidate(s) that we most favor.”

The only names considered today were those which had received a formal nomination by a member government. A source at the French mission mentioned that Niranjan Deva, a member of the European Parliament but with strong ties to Sri Lanka, attempted to get a meeting with Ambassador de la Sabliere as President of the Security Council, but was firmly rebuffed.

No reaction yet from Surakiart or Dhanapala’s campaigns. Surakiart’s endorsement by ASEAN was reaffirmed just this week, and Dhanapala has been considered a “rising star” hoping to recruit UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to help “inject the kind of passion” needed in promoting the UN. 

Another straw poll will not take place until late August, noted the French official, also adding that ”We would like to see new candidates before then.” 

 

8 Responses to “Ban takes 1st Straw Poll”

  1. HelenJC says:

    Looks like its time for both Surakiart and Dhanapala to bow out. ASEAN’s just went through the motion of reaffirming its support for Surakiart’s candidacy, but this will raise again the question of whether Singapore will throw Goh Chok Tong or some other Singaporean’s hat into the ring. With the political crisis in Thailand together with Surakiart’s own lackluster campaign performance, one would hope he would have the good sense to withdraw, but perhaps he’s as stubborn as his mentor Thaksin? And Dhanapala? He never really had a shot, and the latest round of campaigning this week by his aide seemed to have backfired.

  2. mathew says:

    It’s time for Dhanapala and Surakiart to graciously bow out of the race. It’s also time for the Non-aligned Movement and G-77 to seriously think about whether one of their own should be leading the UN after Kofi Annan. Can we expect solidarity among the developing nations?

  3. Dr.Yashanvitha says:

    Niranjan Deva was firmly rebuffed….Well done! But why Ban ki Moor is given the kiss of death?He is still very kiddish.Let him survive.Dr. Tharoor is the blazing Sun.Why to bring the torchlight from outside when Sun is inside the UN?No one is better positioned than Mr. Tharoor to understand the infrastructure of UN & make it work spontaneously with new reforms. Dr. Tharoor can survive with the kiss of death,because he knows how to embrace Life & transform darkness into light.India is a land which had taught to its sons & daughters, how to rcv the coming tomorrows.Since aeons, every morning, Mother India wakes up with her children’s determination to walk towards truth from untruth, to walk towards light from darkness, to walk towards Immortality from Death.Sons & daughters of Anjanaabha (World) & Bharath(India) feel proud to join their every step with Mr. Tharoor in this 21st Century.In Sanskrit, we the people, as one world chant the essence & purpose of human life in the evolution of this globe.Our prayers & blessings are still with Mr. Tharoor to transform the kiss of death into beautiful emrace of life to the whole world.
    God bless Mr. Tharoor.
    Asathoma Sadgamaya
    Thamosoma Jyothirgamaya
    Mrithyorma Amrithangamaya
    Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

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