With the CIJ Awards season fast approaching, Roberts Publishing Media group has introduced a new set of voting procedures designed to improve dramatically the transparency of the awards, thereby improving the quality of the prizes handed out. At its heart is a new on-line voting system which hundreds of CEOs, Partners and Managing Directors in the property sector will be asked to make their choices for the top projects and companies. The entire list, and the responses given, will be handed over to PricewaterhouseCoopers for independent verification of accuracy in tallying votes, and spot checks of individual votes. The public votes will count for 75%.
The remaining 25% will be made up of a series of Judging Panels, with experts chosen to vote on specific project categories, and on their choices for the top service providers of the year. That means that retail experts will be judging the Best Shopping Development prize, office experts the Best Office development, and so on.
Naturally, no judges with material connections with the projects and companies will be allowed to take part in the voting or discussion of these prizes. Again, PwC representatives will be on hand to ensure proper procedures are followed.
The CIJ Awards season gets going in Warsaw on November 3, to be followed in Prague on November 23, Budapest (December 1), Bratislava (December 6) and Bucharest (December 8).