Electoral Commission to 'ensure full confidence' in result

Speaking of today's Scottish referendum deal, Electoral Commissioner for Scotland John McCormick said:

This agreement paves the way for a historic vote for the people of Scotland and we will play our full part in ensuring that voters can have full confidence in the result.

In March this year we set out our principles for how the referendum should be run and we will assess any detailed proposals against these principles as they are brought forward.

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