SAN MARINO – When the new voting system was introduced at Eurovision, the EBU reserved the right to use an average vote made up from five or six countries and the ten countries which they voted the most, when the competing nation had no jury or televoting vote which was considered valid. This year that situation occurred with San Marino, who didn’t have a sufficient televoting system, so the EBU created a vote using such a system.
The head of delegation of San Marino, Alessandro Capicchioni, was quick to criticise the new voting system, stating that it discriminates against smaller nations, not allowing them to give 100% of their votes. The new system was undertaken without consulting with the head of delegation however he also pointed out advantages, stating that the new system guaranteed points.
In 2014, the Italian televote gave 5 points to San Marino but the Italian Jury voted them last, so they got 0 points. This year under the new system, they were automatically guaranteed points. The head of delegation noted that San Marino will seek to create a new voting system, one which allows the San Marino public their say but which takes into account the technical difficulties which a small nation has with a televoting system. This new proposal will be sent to the EBU.
San Marino is disappointed that the votes of the Semi Final showed that certain countries only voted between themselves and that as San Marino was not one of those countries, they were left aside. This is something which San Marino feel needs to be addressed by the EBU as the artistic performance of the song is not the reason why such voting takes place, according to Alessandro Capicchioni.