We, the editors at wiwibloggs, strongly believe that the EBU should release all voting information from the last 6 editions of the Eurovision Song Contest.
There are numerous credible allegations of both fradulent voting and incorrect counting of the votes. A response from EBU that “everything is ok, trust us” is not acceptable when faced with such serious allegations. Without transparency, the EBU will lose all credibility in its management of the voting.
The EBU needs to release the raw counts for the last 6 year. The history of 6 years is key to evaluating the voting over a period of time which provides a lot more information than a snapshot of 1 year. This data needs to be broken out by accepted and rejected votes; cast by landline, mobile number, SMS, and other means; for mobile, cast in country and outside the country (by SIM card).
This data also needs to include the vote totals by each jury. And it needs to explain how the jury and televotes are combined. There is a big difference between averaging percentages, combining 1..12 votes, or other approaches that all fall under the category of a 50/50 vote.
We also want to be clear on one issue. Having PWC certify the results is not an acceptable answer. Accounting firms certified Enron’s books as valid, and we all know how that turned out. PWC certification is of interest, but it is not an answer.
Presently the EBU is as opaque as an election in Azerbaijian or Belarus. Instead it needs to meet the standards expected of a democracy. Anything less is horribly unfair to the artists who compete in Eurovision. These artists give everything they have to deliver a fantastic performance. We have a moral obligation to give them a fair vote in return.
For the future of Eurovision, the EBU must be transparent.
The editors – wiwibloggs
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