The U.N. Security Council is holding a series of secret ballots until a consensus is reached on a candidate to replace U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea who steps down at the end of 2016 after serving two five-year terms. Nine candidates are competing to replace Ban Ki-moon as the United Nations’ Secretary-General, when he steps down at the end of 2016. Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres currently leads the race, with Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak hanging on to second spot in the most recent ballot on September 9. Civil society groups and nearly a third of the 193 U.N. Member states, have pushed for the first woman secretary-general.