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Will WHO election favor the weak?

Tactical voting in the Executive Board could mean top candidates don't make the shortlist

Stephen Pincock
With eight weeks to go until the World Health Organization appoints its new director general, there are 13 candidates vying for the most prominent position in global health. But some observers worry that the election process to select the successor to Lee Jong-Wook could favor the weaker candidates.The issue lies with the way the election is run within the WHO Executive Board. The board's 34 members, each representing a WHO member country, must first cut the long list of 13 names down to five, and then select a candidate to put forward to the World Health Assembly on November 9.To generate the shortlist, each board member puts forward a list of his or her favorite candidates, and the five with the most votes get through. For the past two elections, board members have been asked to choose exactly five names, although that number could change, WHO spokeswoman Christine...

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