2014 rules address voting fraud allegations
The rules for the 59th Eurovision Song Contest were released today by the EBU. While the rules stay largely unchanged, some pretty noticeable changes have been made regarding jury transparency. This comes as a response to the ongoing allegations of voting fraud.
Tighter rules and increased openness
The new rules state that the name of all jury members will be announced on the 1st of May. On top of this, after the Grand Final, the public will get an insight into how every individual jury member has ranked the entries.
Addressing diversity in the juries, members can only join the jury if they have not been a part of the jury during one of the previous two editions of the contest.
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, comments on the new rules to eurovision.tv, “Tighter rules and increased openness are important for the Eurovision Song Contest to build on its success, to make sure participants, viewers, and fans know that we have done and will always do our utmost to secure a fair result. These changes show that the Eurovision Song Contest is an ever evolving tradition, which continues to adapt to the spirit of time.”
The Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling adds: “Through this increased openness, we want to assure everyone – participants, press, and fans – can come to understanding of how we obtain a valid result. With these changes, we hope to put an end to the kind of speculation we have recently seen.”
To achieve even more openness surrounding the results, the EBU will open a special section on the contest’s official website, where jury members and viewers can report irregularities to be investigated by the organizers, the voting partner Digame and the overseer PwC.
Thorough investigation ongoing
All of this comes as a response to continued allegations of voting fraud during the 2013 edition of the contest in Malmö, which the EBU is currently investigating thoroughly. “For EBU/EUROVISION it`s important to find who is behind the alleged attempt, and if we find any wrongdoing that originates from a participating broadcaster, the Reference Group and the TV Committee will impose sanctions according to the Rules of the Eurovision Song Contest. We first of all want to put an end to these speculations, and end attempts to unfairly influence the voting,” said Sand.
Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will take place on the 6th, 8th, and 10th of May, in Copenhagen, Denmark.