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SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT REFERENDUM ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE COUNT

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As previously announced, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) in Morrison Street is the venue from ...
As previously announced, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) in Morrison Street is the venue from which the results of the referendum will be announced by the Chief Counting Officer overnight on September 11/12.

Procedure for the Count

The Chief Counting Officer is Neil McIntosh. He is an independent officer responsible for the conduct of the count. He has

appointed a counting officer from each of Scotland's 32 local

government areas to undertake the counting of votes at a local level.

Once each count is complete, the return will be submitted to the

Chief counting officer for certification. Once the return is certified, the chief counting officer will advise the local counting officer when he is about to declare it; declarations will be made simultaneously from the EICC and the local count venue.

The first declarations are expected around 12.30am on Friday,

September 12, with the main cluster coming in between 2.00am and

3.00am, and the final return around 4.30am.

A short period of time will elapse between each declaration.

An electronic display board on the platform will display the local result as it is declared by the chief counting officer.

The introductory form of words which the chief counting officer will use is as follows:

'I will now declare the result for [name of council area].'

For each area, he will then announce:

the number of electors eligible to vote;

the number of electors voting;

the turnout percentage;

the number of votes cast for 'I agree that there should be a Scottish

Parliament' and the percentage this represents of the valid votes

cast;

the number of votes for 'I do not agree that there should be a

Scottish Parliament' and the percentage this represents of the valid

votes cast;

the number of rejected voting papers;

the number of votes for 'I agree that a Scottish Parliament should

have tax-varying powers' and the percentage this represents of the

valid votes cast;

the number of votes for 'I do not agree that a Scottish Parliament

should have tax-varying powers' and the percentage this represents

of the valid votes cast;

the number of rejected voting papers.

The local result will appear on the display board behind the

chief counting officer for the duration of the announcement.

Turnout figures for each local authority area will be available

before that local count is completed and will be made available to the

media as soon as these are known. The chief counting officer will

announce the national turnout figure once all these turnout figures have been received (this is likely to be between 1am and 2am).

During the course of the night, a national running total of all

four options will be kept by the chief counting officer's staff and will be shown on the cumulative display board.

When the last return has been declared, the chief counting

officer will make a final declaration, of the national result.

Recounts may be required by the local counting officer for

procedural reasons but will not be undertaken on the basis of a close

count since this will feed into the national result figures.

Local counts will be open to the media. Unlike a general

election, there will be no disclosure of results to anyone before the

result is declared by the local counting officer and, simultaneously, by the chief counting officer.

At the EICC, other than the chief counting officer, the only

person on stage will be a signer, making the declaration in sign

language.

An invited audience of around 600 people, comprising a cross-

section of Scottish life, will be in the EICC. They will include

members of parliament, civic leaders, representatives of the

campaigning groups and local parties, and the neighbours from across

the road in Morrison Street.

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