A glitch on The Voice SA’s web, mobile, and WeChat voting platforms meant viewers of the show could not vote for who they wanted to win during the show’s finale.
According to a report by Channel24, the voting platforms were affected by technical problems which forced M-Net to discount votes cast during Sunday’s live show.
The winner, Richard Stirton, was selected based on the previous week’s votes, stated the report.
This is not the first time M-Net has suffered problems with its voting system on the show, with the “late delivery of 8,000 SMS votes through Vodacom” resulting in an extra contestant being added to the top 12.
In 2009, M-Net suffered a “voting scandal” on the local version of Idols.
Sasha-Lee Davids was deemed the winner of Idols season 5, despite Jason Hartman having 200,000 more votes which were not counted in time.