: :inin Kyiv (EET)

UN holds elections with COVID-19 social distancing

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly president banged his gavel to open elections Wednesday under dramatically different voting procedures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including for two hotly contested seats on the U.N. Security Council.

The U.N. headquarters complex remains open for essential workers, but Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has ordered staff to work from home until July 31 because of the pandemic. So instead of having ambassadors from the 193 U.N. member nations in the General Assembly chamber together for elections, a new procedure was adopted.

On Wednesday morning it went into operation — a few ambassadors arriving at the …read more

Source:: KXAN



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