SUMMARY OF JURY VOTING PROCEDURE


 

General.

  • Jury sessions are not open to the public. Members of the VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION, the jury secretary, the chair of the competition management, and the chair of the organizing committee are allowed to be present at the jury sessions.
  • Voting is by secret. Ballots may not be made public. Just impersonal results presented for the jury, participants, and the public. During online rounds of the competition points given by each jury member shown in random order without disclosing the jurors' name. Only the VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION can see the separate votes of each jury member. 
  • The Jurors vote independently, and it is not permitted for jury members to discuss Competitors' performances while they are still participating in the competition.
  • Jurors should sustain from the contact with the Competitors while they are still participating in the competition. Jury member who declared a conflict of interest and will not vote for his/her student or a related person exempted from these restrictions. Despite this exemption, joint educational activities during the competition are inappropriate.
  • If some Competitors score the same number of points, they are ranked by the evaluation of the Chairperson of the jury.
  • If there are any problematic issues during jury sessions and the consensus not reached by way of the majority, the jury Chairperson's vote is decisive.
  • Each round performance of the Competitors evaluated within the system of 100 points in natural numbers only. 
  • Points gained by the Contestant in different rounds are not summed. The jury rates participants' performance in a particular round.
  • The decision of the jury is final and cannot be appealed. There is a requirement of confidentiality for all the jury sessions and proceedings.

 

Conflict of Interests.

  • It is forbidden for jury members to vote for the Competitors who are related to them. Participants who have been trained in the last 12 months, spouses, cohabitants, family members, close relatives, persons with whom there is a joint property, persons having financial obligations to each other, and other close relations falls into related persons definition. These and other meaningful relationships between Jurors and Competitors must be declared before the start of the competition.
  • The jury members declarations and participants declarations compared before the start of the competition. If at least one party has declared a conflict of interest, the particular participant and jury member are considered as related persons.
  • The jury member who has a conflict of interest cannot vote for the related person. Instead of points in the evaluation box word "student" will appear. The VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION (or online voting system) counts the average score of the rest jury members. The requirement is not applicable during the second stage of the final voting.

 

Irregularity rule.

  • Irregularity rule definition: If the number of points awarded by a Juror differs from the arithmetic mean of the score gained by a participant by more than 16 points, these points not taken into account, and a new average counted out of a sum of the points awarded by other jury members.
  •  The irregularity rule must be observed while counting the points of the participants.


For example:

    • The fist jury member gives 70 points;
    • The second jury member gives 72 points;
    • The third jury member gives 75 points;
    • The fourth jury member gives 78 points;
    • The fifth jury member gives 71 points;
    • The sixth jury member gives 65 points;
    • The seventh jury member gives 50 points.

The average score of all jury members is 68,71. The seventh jury member gave 50 points. 68,71 –50 = 18,71 > 16. The irregularity rule must be observed for the seventh jury member, and a new average counted out of a sum of the points awarded by other jury members. (70+72+75+78+71+65+ (50)) / 6 members = 71,83 points.
 

First round.

    • Not more than half of the participants enter the second round of the Competition.
    • The meaning of the 1st. round points:

70 points and above – the participant passes to the next round;
69 points and below – the participant does not pass to the next round. 

    • Right after the VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION session, the list of the results without the presence of the participants' names presented to the jury. The jury decides the number of participants in the second round by voting.
    • After the number of passing to the next round participants named,  VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION selects participants who got 70+ points from each jury member. If there is an exact number or fewer Contestants as seats in the next round, they automatically pass to the competition's second round.
Suppose more participants got 70+ points from each jury member than the seats in the next round. In that case, the points counted, the irregularity rule observed, and the most points scoring participants pass to the second round of the competition. 
    • If there are remaining places in the next round, the VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION selects participants who got 70+ points from six jury members. Their points counted, the irregularity rule observed, and most points collecting participants take the remaining places in the second round of the competition. 
    • The above procedure repeated with participants who got 70+ from five and four jury members until all seats in the next round are taken.


Second round.
 

    • Seven participants enter the final round of the competition.
    • Besides seven finalists, Candidates to the final may be announced. Candidates are invited to the final if one or more finalists cannot participate at the final of the Competition. The result in the second round ranks the Candidates.
    • The meaning of the 2nd round points:

80 points and above – the participant passes to the final of the Competition;
79 points and below – the participant does not pass to the final of the Competition;

    • At first, the VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION selects participants who got 80+ points from each jury member. If there are seven or fewer such Contestants, they automatically pass to the final of the Competition. 
Suppose more participants got 80+ points from each jury member than the seats in the final. In that case, the points counted, the irregularity rule observed, and seven most points scoring participants pass to the final round of the Competition. 
    • If there are remaining places in the final, the VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION selects participants who got 80+ points from six jury members. Their points counted, the irregularity rule observed, and most points collecting participants take the remaining places in the final round of the competition.
    • The above procedure repeated with participants who got 80+ from five and four jury members until all seats in the final round are taken.

 

The Final round.

    • The jury does not consider contestant performances in the previous rounds; the Contestant points in 1st. And 2nd. Rounds as well are not summed nor counted.
    • 1st. Prize – 10 000 Eur is indivisible.
    • 2nd. Prize – 6 000 Eur. The second prize can be divided if the 1st prize is not assigned.
    • 3rd. Prize – 3 000 Eur. The 3rd prize can be divided if the 2nd prize is not assigned.
    • The sum of the prizes mentioned above must not exceed 19 000 euros.

 

The First stage of the Final voting.

The meaning of the final round points:
70 points and above – the participant deserves Diploma of the Competition;
69 points and below – the participant does not deserve Diploma of the Competition;

• Three most points scoring Competitors pass to the next voting stage. The VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION announces the result to the jury members in alphabetical order. The points collected by the participants will not be announced.
 

The Second stage of the Final voting.

    • Only three Competitors are eligible to participate in this voting stage. Named bulletins handed to the jury (with the names of each member of the jury). Jury members vote on blank bulletins by writing only one name of a Competitor for the 1st prize. The abstention in this stage of voting is not possible.
    • After counting the votes, in case there is a simple majority (e.g., 3-2-2) – the name of the 1st prize winner is announced to the jury by the VOTE COUNTING COMMISSION.
    • If two candidates score an equal number of votes (e.g., 3-3-1) – the Chairperson has a decisive vote.
    • If the Chairperson voted for the participant who received the least votes (3-3-1), the first prize winner would be announced the Competitor who scored more points in the previous final voting stage.
    • If two participants with the highest number of votes score an equal number of points in the first stage of final voting, the Chairperson points from the first voting stage to have a decisive vote. If both finalists in the first stage of the final voting are evaluated equally by the Chairperson, this will mean that the first prize will not be awarded. The 2nd prize will be automatically awarded to both participants who scored the same points, and the 3rd prize will be awarded to the participant who scored the least votes in the second stage of the final voting.
    • If the first prize is awarded, the above procedure to be repeated for the 2nd prize award.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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