At 5.55 am this morning (Friday),Sally Loudan,chief counting officer for the region,said 37,143 people had voted No in the referendum,accounting for 58.52 per cent of the 63,516 votes cast. 26,324 voted Yes.
In total 88.2 per cent of the electorate cast their votes.
The count of Argyll and Bute votes began at Lochgilphead Joint Campus at 10pm yesterday,September 18. At 1am,the No camp was becoming increasingly confident of a victory.
Alan Reid,MP for Argyll and Bute,said:‘I am certainly very pleased that Argyll and Bute and Scotland as a whole have voted to keep the union. It is important that we now look to the future and that all parties work together to bring more powers to the Scottish Parliament.’
Michael Russell,MSP for Argyll and Bute and member of the SNP,said people had voted for change.
Stating Scots had clearly voted for more devolved powers,he said:‘We need to make sure they are delivered and politicians across the spectrum have to work to deliver them.’
The postal vote turnout was 95.3 per cent,while there were 1,808 under-18s registered to vote in the county. In total 49 ballot papers were rejected.
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