Status quo after 55% of Scots say No Thanks

the count team at the AECC for the Aberdeenshire count
the count team at the AECC for the Aberdeenshire count

The dust has settled in the Independence Referendum with 55% of Scotland voting to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

The Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer team were across all of Kincardine and Mearns last Thursday talking to voters, campaigners and first time voters.

A quick look at the facts surrounding last Thursday into Friday shows:

The turnout for Aberdeenshire was 87.2%, with 180,045 voters returning a ballot paper from a total registered electorate in Aberdeenshire of 206,487, the sixth highest of Scotland’s 32 local authorities;

A total of 71,337 votes (39.6%) were cast for Yes and a total of 108,606 votes were cast for No (60.3%);

A total of 102 votes were rejected for a number of reasons, including: 19 voted in favour of both answers; four included writing or a mark by which the voter could be identified and 79 were unmarked or void for uncertainty.

Around 1000 people made up the Aberdeenshire Referendum Team, with 700 staffing polling stations across the region and a further 300 involved in the count. Staff worked through the night and the final announcement was made at 5.55am at the AECC.

The lowest turnout was Glasgow at 75% with 364,126 voters. The highest was East Dunbartonshire at 91% with 78,938 votes.

Police Scotland confirmed that, over the period of the referendum ballot and count, there were six arrests across the country mainly for alleged breaches of the peace and assaults.

One of the busiest polling stations in Stonehaven was the community centre which had campaigners from both sides. The atmosphere wasn’t tense, there was no hint of trouble and, in fact, it was a fantastic showing for the town.

Councillor Alison Evison said: “The referendum campaign was a very long one, with many heightened emotions.

“In our area, however, it was fought for the most part in a friendly manner, with people from both sides taking part positively in both formal and informal debates.

“The political engagement during this time has been tremendous, as the turn-out figures on polling day show.

“I hope that we can maintain such a level of interest in the political process. Democracy will become stronger as a result.

“It was particularly noticeable how many young people played an active part in the political debates and thoroughly respected the fact that they could vote. They have themselves provided the evidence that the voting age should be lowered to 16 for all elections.”