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Uganda’s Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa elected ICC judge

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New York, USA | THE INDEPENDENT |  After four rounds of voting in the ongoing judicial election to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa has been elected to be a judge at the Hague-based Court.

Japan and Peru’s candidates Tomoko Akane and Bañez Carranza Luz Del Carmen with 88 and 77 votes respectively, were the first to be elected, coming top in round one. Six places are being filled.

Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the UN Adonio Ayebare confirmed the result late Tuesday. “Glad to announce the election of Justice Barungi Bosa of Uganda as Judge of the ICC. Thank you team Uganda,” he tweeted.

After round one, Justice Bossa was third best with 67 votes, and had to go into the next round, which she topped with 71 votes but did not get the minimum 79 votes required. Bossa (81 votes) and Benin’s candidate Alapini-Gansou Reine hit the mark in the 4th round of voting, to join the ICC judges list.

ICC member states had nominated 12 candidates for election to six vacant judicial positions at The Hague-based Court. ICC member states Lesotho, Uganda, Croatia, Mongolia, Benin, Japan, Bosnia, Peru, Uruguay, Canada, Ghana and Italy were nominated

The election of judges at the 16th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) session in New York,  follows the Court’s regular judicial elections process, which replaces a third of the 18 judges’ bench every three years. The new judges will serve a nine-year term from March 2018.

Bossa joins another Ugandan high profile judge on the international stage, Julia Sebutinde who has been on the UN’s International Court of Justice since 2012.

2017: Elections results

Name Nationality Round Elected
AKANE, Tomoko Japan 1 Yes
IBAÑEZ CARRANZA, Luz del Carmen Peru 1 Yes
ALAPINI-GANSOU
Reine
                        
Benin                  4 Yes
BOSSA, Solomy Balungi Uganda 4 Yes
PROST, 
Kimberly                   
Canada                6 Yes
AKANE, Tomoko Japan 1 Yes

Results of the first round

Number of ballot papers: 119
Number of invalid ballots: 10
Number of abstentions: 0
Number of valid ballots: 109
Number of States Parties voting: 109
Two-thirds required majority: 73
Name Nationality Votes Elected?
1. AITALA, 
Rosario Salvatore
Italy 55 No
2. AKANE,  
Tomoko
Japan 88 Yes
3. ALAPINI-GANSOU
Reine
Benin 66 No
4. BOSSA
Solomy Balungi
Uganda 67 No
5. ĐURĐEVIĆ
Zlata
Croatia 59 No
6. IBAÑEZ CARRANZA, 
Luz del Carmen
Peru 77 Yes
7. KHOSBAYAR,
Chagdaa
Mongolia 24 No
8. MAJARA, 
Nthomeng Justina
Lesotho 37 No
9. MENSA-BONSU, 
Henrietta  
Ghana 49 No
10. PERALTA DISTEFANO, 
Ariela  
Uruguay 61 No
11. PROST, 
Kimberly
Canada 66 No
12. VUKOJE, 
Dragomir
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 No

Results of the second round

Number of ballot papers: 121
Number of invalid ballots: 3
Number of abstentions: 0
Number of valid ballots: 118
Number of States Parties voting: 118
Two-thirds required majority: 79
Name Nationality Votes Elected?
1. AITALA, 
Rosario Salvatore
Italy 53 No
2. ALAPINI-GANSOU
Reine
Benin 70 No
3. BOSSA
Solomy Balungi
Uganda 71 No
4. ĐURĐEVIĆ
Zlata
Croatia 51 No
5. KHOSBAYAR, 
Chagdaa
Mongolia 15 No
6. MAJARA, 
Nthomeng Justina
Lesotho 35 No
7. MENSA-BONSU, 
Henrietta  
Ghana 52 No
8. PERALTA DISTEFANO, 
Ariela  
Uruguay 52 No
9. PROST, 
Kimberly
Canada 67 No
10. VUKOJE, 
Dragomir
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 No

Results of the third round

Number of ballot papers: 121
Number of invalid ballots: 2
Number of abstentions: 0
Number of valid ballots: 119
Number of States Parties voting: 119
Two-thirds required majority: 80
Name Nationality Votes Elected?
1. AITALA, 
Rosario Salvatore
Italy 57 No
2. ALAPINI-GANSOU
Reine
Benin 77 No
3. BOSSA
Solomy Balungi
Uganda 78 No
4. ĐURĐEVIĆ
Zlata
Croatia 51 No
5. KHOSBAYAR, 
Chagdaa
Mongolia 7 No
6. MAJARA, 
Nthomeng Justina
Lesotho 33 No
7. MENSA-BONSU, 
Henrietta  
Ghana 57 No
8. PERALTA DISTEFANO, 
Ariela  
Uruguay 40 No
9. PROST, 
Kimberly
Canada 72 No

Results of the fourth round

Number of ballot papers: 123
Number of invalid ballots: 3
Number of abstentions: 0
Number of valid ballots: 120
Number of States Parties voting: 120
Two-thirds required majority: 80
Name Nationality Votes Elected?
1. AITALA, 
Rosario Salvatore
Italy 56 No
2. ALAPINI-GANSOU
Reine
Benin 83 Yes
3. BOSSA
Solomy Balungi
Uganda 81 Yes
4. ĐURĐEVIĆ
Zlata
Croatia 49 No
5. MAJARA, 
Nthomeng Justina
Lesotho 30 No
6. MENSA-BONSU, 
Henrietta  
Ghana 60 No
7. PERALTA DISTEFANO, 
Ariela  
Uruguay 39 No
8. PROST, 
Kimberly
Canada 74 No

Results of the fifth round

Number of ballot papers: 123
Number of invalid ballots: 0
Number of abstentions: 1
Number of valid ballots: 123
Number of States Parties voting: 122
Two-thirds required majority: 82
Name Nationality Votes Elected?
1. AITALA, 
Rosario Salvatore
Italy 45 No
2. ĐURĐEVIĆ
Zlata
Croatia 37 No
3. MAJARA, 
Nthomeng Justina
Lesotho 22 No
4. MENSA-BONSU, 
Henrietta  
Ghana 42 No
5. PERALTA DISTEFANO, 
Ariela  
Uruguay 17 No
6. PROST, 
Kimberly
Canada 76 No

Results of the sixth round

Number of ballot papers: 123
Number of invalid ballots: 0
Number of abstentions: 1
Number of valid ballots: 123
Number of States Parties voting: 122
Two-thirds required majority: 82
Name Nationality Votes Elected?
1. AITALA, 
Rosario Salvatore
Italy 63 No
2. ĐURĐEVIĆ
Zlata
Croatia 36 No
3. MENSA-BONSU, 
Henrietta  
Ghana 45 No
4. PROST, 
Kimberly
Canada 92 Yes

Results of the seventh round

Number of ballot papers: 123
Number of invalid ballots: 0
Number of abstentions: 1
Number of valid ballots: 123
Number of States Parties voting: 122
Two-thirds required majority: 82
Name Nationality Votes Elected?
1. AITALA, 
Rosario Salvatore
Italy 77 No
2. MENSA-BONSU, 
Henrietta  
Ghana 45 No

Source:  Assembly of States Parties

Who is  Justice Bossa?

The campaign to elevate Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa started in January and was led by President Yoweri Museveni is in Addis Ababa at the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

Justice Bossa’s name was submitted to the AU Commission for an early consideration to allow her adequate time to campaign. Justice Bossa is competing with two other candidates from Lesotho and Benin. (Who is Justice Bossa?)

According to African-court.org, She is a highly accomplished judge with over 27 years of legal and judicial work experience at national, regional and international level.  She has considerable exposure and experience in international judicial practice, international human rights, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and constitutional law.

She was elected Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in June 2014, for a term of six years.

Bossa has served as Judge with the High Court or Uganda for sixteen years (1997-2013). The East African Court of Justice for five years (2001-2006), United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) for nine and half years (2003-2013) and currently serves as Judge on the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court for Uganda.

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