Scotland says No thanks

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

Scotland has voted to remain part of the United Kingdom having rejected independence.

The two year campaign has come to an end with more than 1.9 million voting no.

The total votes cast in Aberdeenshire for each answer in the Scottish Independence Referendum has been announced by Counting Officer Colin Mackenzie at 6am Friday morning.

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%).

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 102 votes were rejected for a number of reasons, including: 19 voted in favour of both answers; 4 included writing or a mark by which the voter could be identified and 79 were unmarked or void for uncertainty.

Around 1,000 people made up the Aberdeenshire Referendum Team, with 700 staffing polling stations across the region and a further 300 involved in the count.

The Aberdeenshire count took place at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, beginning shortly after polls closed at 10pm. Staff worked through the night and the final announcement was made at 5.55am.

Aberdeenshire Counting Officer Colin Mackenzie said: “This has been an historic night for Scotland and it is fantastic to see record numbers of voters in Aberdeenshire taking part in the democratic referendum process.

“My thanks go out to more than a thousand people who came forward to be part of the Aberdeenshire Referendum Team. It is their dedication, enthusiasm and hard work that has made this event, with more votes cast than ever before, such a success.”