Orkney Islands Council
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Statement of results for the whole of Scotland

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I, Mary Pitcaithly, Chief Counting Officer at the Scottish Independence Referendum held on 18 September 2014, am pleased to confirm that all ballot papers have now been verified and counted, and I am content that the results are accurate.  Accordingly, I hereby certify and declare:

1. The total number of ballot papers counted in the referendum for the whole of Scotland is 3,623,344.  The turnout is 84.6%.

2. The total number of  votes cast in favour of each answer to the referendum question for the whole of Scotland is as follows:

Outcome

Number of Votes

Yes

1617989

No

2001926

Rejected

3429

3. The reasons for rejection are as follows:

Reason for rejection

Number of papers

a) Want of an official mark.

16

b) Voting in favour of both answers.

691

c) Writing or mark by which voter could be identified.

168

d) Unmarked or void for uncertainty.

2554

4. Therefore, the majority of valid votes cast yesterday by the people of Scotland in response to the referendum question, “Should Scotland be an independent country?” were in favour of No.

Mary Pitcaithly, Chief Counting Officer.

September 2014.