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Election Process

CEDAW Committee Elections 2010, take action now!
Find out how you can be involved in ensuring that feminist candidates are nominated and elected to this Committee.
- Deadline for submission of names by States parties to OHCHR:9 march 2010.
- Voting by States parties happens on 28 June 2010 during the States parties Meeting.

Members of the CEDAW Committee are elected pursuant to Article 17 of the CEDAW Convention by States parties from among nationals of that country. However, it is important to note that these members serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of any particular State party.

Members are elected for a term of four years. The next CEDAW Committee elections will take place in 2010.

At least three months before the date of each election, the Secretary-General of the United Nations shall address a letter to the States parties inviting them to submit their nominations within two months. When electing new members, consideration is given to equitable geographical distribution and to ensure representation of different forms of civilisation and legal systems.

Persons nominated by States parties are elected by secret ballot with each State party having one vote. Persons who obtain the largest number of votes and an absolute majority of the votes of the representatives of the States parties present and voting, shall be elected to CEDAW. Subject to the number of vacancies that have come up for each region, members are then elected accordingly.

In case of unexpected vacancies, the States party whose expert has ceased to function as a member shall appoint another expert from among its nationals, subject to the approval of the CEDAW Committee.

For results of the last CEDAW Committee elections, click here. The terms of those elected will run from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2010.

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