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A Bulgarian jury has revoked its decision to give the crown of Miss Bulgaria 2012 to Ina Mancheva after it was established that a hacker attack manipulated the online vote of the audience.
The news was announced on Thursday by TV7, which was the main organizer of the pageant.
The new Miss Bulgaria is now the first runner-up, Gabriela Vassileva.
The audience vote counted as three points, but a check of the organizers revealed the manipulation and showed that Vassileva had actually been one point ahead of Mancheva.
The votes for Mancheva had come in large numbers from some very strange places such as Bangladesh and Pakistan, the jury noted, admitting their own mistakes and promising that next year they will close the online vote two days prior to the conclusion of the pageant in order to have time to count and verify the results.
"This decision hurts my self-esteem but has made me wiser... This pageant must be honest. I wish Gabriela luck at the world contest. I feel offended because these results ought to have been checked earlier," Mancheva commented.
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