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Borderers urged to make sure they vote in Referendum

Counting Officer for the Scottish Borders Council Area, Tracey Logan is urging voters to make sure they cast their vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday 18 September to ensure their views are counted.

Voting opens on Thursday 18th September Credit: PA

“If you are voting in person at your designated polling station on Thursday – please just take a few minutes to plan when you are going to vote. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm but make sure you leave plenty time before the 10pm deadline. Anyone that arrives after 10pm, by law, will not be able to vote."

– Tracey Logan
  • Total electorate for the Scottish Borders Council Area - 95,533
  • Number of polling places in the Scottish Borders Council Area – 108
  • Number of ballot boxes - 176 from polling stations, plus 22 postal vote boxes
  • Number of election staff - 381 working in polling stations and 190 working at the count
  • Number of postal votes issued – 14,628 (excluding postal proxy votes)
  • Total postal proxy voters – 41
  • Total proxy voters - 979
  • Total number of registered under 18 voters in the Borders – 2,539

ITV Fixers talks young people's politics

Many 16-year-olds in the south of Scotland will be able to vote next year in the Referendum on Independence.

Their counterparts south of the border have to wait two years before they can vote in anything.

Extending voting rights to sixteen year old is even being discussed in Westminster - but are young people interested?

In our latest Fixers update - three Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament are urging their peers to get interested in politics.

Result is a "victory for independent politics"

Outgoing Leaderdale and Melrose Councillor Nicholas Watson says the result in the by-election shows that voters are looking for more local representation, after his party colleague Iain Gillespie won his seat.

Mr Watson has moved to Cumbria to continue working as a clock maker and farmer.

"It is gratifying to know that the Borders Party isn't just about me and my colleague Sandy Aitchison, it is also about an idea whose time has come, people are fed up with national politics in local government and people really want to put in local government, they really want to revive independent politics."

– Nicholas Watson, Outgoing Leaderdale and Melrose Councillor

Scottish Conservatives: "Voting system worked against us"

The Scottish Conservatives missed out on the Leaderdale and Melrose by-election seat.

Candidate Rachael Hamilton topped the ballot on the first preferences transfers under the Single Transferable Voting system, but lost the last stage to The Borders Party's Iain Gillespie.

“While I am obviously delighted to have come so close to getting elected, the system in this instance has worked against me.

"To receive the highest number of first preference votes sends a positive message about the amount of Conservative support in Leaderdale & Melrose.

“It is a shame that the voting system has cost us, and that despite being most people’s preferred candidate transfers have meant that we have missed out. It does show however that despite results elsewhere in the UK, the Conservatives are making gains here in the Borders."

– Rachael Hamilton, Scottish Conservative Candidate

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Leaderdale and Melrose councillor elect "delighted"

Outgoing councillor Nicholas Watson congratulates Iain Gillespie Credit: ITV News Border

The result means The Borders Party maintain two seats on Scottish Borders council.

Iain Gillespie says he was surprised but delighted by the result:

"It has always been my attitude that the Borders Party are there for the Scottish Borders people, and hopefully this is building on the success of Nicolas Watson and Sandy Aitchison and hopefully it will go on from there.

"We are not a political party, we have no place in Westminster or Edinburgh, and simply my interest was and always has been the Scottish Borders."

Almost a third turnout for elections

Almost a third of voters turned out for the local county council elections held across Cumbria yesterday (2nd May).

Turnout figures show that 32.1% attended the polling stations across the county.

South Laklenad came out on top with 39.8% of people in the district voting, closely followed by Allerdale (34.4%), and Eden (32.4%).

Turnout in Carlisle was 30.6% and in Copeland it was 27.2%.

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