ICTIMAI QUESTIONS THEIR OWN VOTING
Eurovision 2013 is over, and while Denmark can celebrate their victory, other not-so-lucky participants are raising doubts about regularity of voting. On Monday, the head of Azerbaijan’s state broadcaster has questioned the vote tally in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, claiming votes for Russia were apparently not taken into account.
“It is of serious concern and surprise that at the final count of votes from Azerbaijan, Russia was not given any points,” director Camil Guliyev said in a statement on Monday.
In fact, Russia’s entry by singer Dina Garipova received the second highest number of votes submitted via cell phone text messages and high marks from the country’s professional jury, he claimed, hinting at vote violations.
“We sincerely hope that this incident, possibly initiated by certain interest groups, will not cast a shadow over the brotherly relations of the Russian and Azerbaijani peoples,” he said, without blaming anyone specifically.