By: JORDAN PITTMAN
For the council of representatives voting on the ruling of Scottish independence, Thursday was no walk in the park.
With the highest turnout in record history, many concerned citizens of Scotland and interested observers patiently awaited as a pivotal moment in history unfolded. Amongst the anxious listeners anticipating the outcome was Kirtsie Keatings, who originally posted the petition for succession on Change.org.
Finally, around 1:30 am (Greenwhich Mean Time Zone), the Clackmannanshire Council was the first local authority to report the recent outcome. The official answer to the question of Scotland’s potential succession from the United Kingdom was a ‘No’. With the official vote of the referendum coming in at 55 percent to 45 percent.
So here’s how it all breaks down:
A total of 97 percent of the electorate registered to vote on the matter. This includes an unprecedented 4,285,535 people, plus 789,024 postal voting applications were included in the total. Out of the 97 percent, only 84.5 actually contributed to the turnout, or voted.
As the results were tallied from the 32 overall voting councils, the ‘No’ votes won with 2,001,964 and the ‘Yes’ votes lost with a total of 1,617,989.
Even though Scotland won’t be succeeding any time this week or possibly the next, Keatings is not ready to admit defeat on the matter so easily. She recently has been raising new controversy concerning the voting process and potential undercover tampering with the results.
“Countless evidences of fraud during the recent Scottish Referendum have come to light, including two counts of votes being moved in bulk into a ‘No’ pile, ‘Yes’ votes clearly being seen in no piles and strange occurrences with dual fire alarms and clear cut fraud in Glasgow,” she claims.
“We demand a revote be taken of said referendum, where each vote shall be counted by two individuals, one of whom should be an international impartial party without a stake in the vote,” according to an article on metro.co.uk.
For now Keatings and the rest of the country has their answer, but with allegations such as these, you can’t help but wonder is this really the end of the battle for Scotland’s independence?