It’s less than 24 hours since Macedonia chose to send Daniel Kajmakoski and his song “Lisja Esenski” to Eurovision 2015, but already their decision is mired in controversy.
According to Macedonian website vest.mk, the police have been called in to investigate voting fraud. A number of locations across Skopje were searched after the show, resulting in the seizure of over 1,000 phone cards. The Ministry for Internal Affairs has confirmed that several individuals have been interviewed in connection with the matter, including owners of the show’s production company and songwriters. The Ministry is due to announce further details at a later stage.
As of now, it is unclear whether this will have any impact on the original results. There is also no suggestion that Daniel Kajmakoski, or any other contestant benefited from the alleged fraud.
Update at 22:30 CET on November 13: Kurir reports that police have identified “four people suspected of criminal association and computer fraud in connection with the results for the first three places in Skopje Fest selection for Eurovision song.” Police have reportedly identified 14 people who were hired to send messages during the voting. Authorities have also seized 2,500 SIM cards. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
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