The third round of the UN Educational، Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) secret-ballot voting has just kicked off after the withdrawal of Guatemala، Iraq، Azerbaijan and Vietnam's candidates.
During two rounds، no candidate has acquired the 30 necessary votes of 58-member Executive Board to replaced Irina Bokova، whose tenure expires at the end of the year.
The vote would continue to a four round if the 30-vote quota was not met، to reach a decisive fifth round including the top two candidate from the fourth round.
If two or more candidates receive the same number of votes in the final ballot، the chairman shall draw lots to decide between them.
Egyptian human rights advocate Moushira Khattab ended in third place after the second round، but received one more vote than the previous first، bringing her tally up to 12.
Six candidates from France، China، Vietnam، Egypt، Qatar and Lebanon are in the running for the leadership of the organisation، after three of the initial contenders withdrew.