The discussions in the Executive are private, and I do not know what the voting was. The vote in the Assembly was not unanimous. I believe that the SDLP did not vote against the proposal in the Assembly, but, as I understand it, the Ulster Unionists did. That is democracy is action.
In response to the noble Lord's question, I refer him to new Section 3D(6), which states:
"Once one member has been nominated, no further nominations may be made unless and until sub-paragraph (7) applies".
Sub-paragraph (7) states:
(a) the nomination does not take effect within a period specified in standing orders, or
(b) the nominated person does not take up the office for which the person has been nominated within that period, a further nomination of a member of the Assembly may be made under sub-paragraph (4)".
I hope that that clarifies the position.