September 22nd, 2014 by James
Following a historic referendum vote, Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom — along with England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. A majority of voters rejected the possibility of Scotland getting away from Britain and becoming an independent nation. The “No” campaign has won the referendum on Scottish independence with 31 of 32 councils declared.
Admitted defeat in Scotland’s independence referendum, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond urged the rest of Scotland to do the same. In a televised statement, Salmond thanked Scotland “for 1.6 million votes for Scottish independence.”
Edinburgh voted overwhelmingly to stay in the union with 123,927 for “Yes” and 194,628 “No” votes. Argyll and Bute and Aberdeenshire also voted “No.” Glasgow delivered a solid win for the independence camp with 194,779 votes for “Yes,” and 169,347 for “No.”
The counting officer for Edinburgh, Sue Bruce, explained each ballot will be double-checked, to verify each voter’s decision.
Addressing dozens of election workers, Bruce added, “I look forward to working with you during the course of the evening to deliver an accurate and transparent Edinburgh count in which you and the voters of Edinburgh can have full confidence.”
About 790,000 people applied for a postal vote — the largest volume of registration for postal votes ever in Scotland. The vote for the first time was extended to 16- and 17-year olds living in Scotland. Nearly 110,000 people younger than 18 had registered to vote.