LONDON, june 23-2016-Scotland’s chief returning officer, Mary Pitcaithly, has predicted overall turnout in Scotland will reach around 70-80% after a day of “steady” voting at polling stations.
Pitcaithly told BBC Radio Scotland she did not expect turnout to reach the 85% seen in the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014, which she oversaw, but agreed it would still be high.
Only 56% of Scotland’s 4m strong electorate turned out for May’s Holyrood elections, but 71% did so in last year’s UK general election.
The chief executive for Falkirk council, she is due to announce Scotland’s regional result after collating the count data from 32 local councils at around breakfast time.
The storms have brought Waterloo station to a standstill, potentially affecting thousands of passengers who may not have voted.
The station is a major hub for people commuting from outside London many of whom would likely have left in the morning too early to vote.
Many people have taken to social media to express concern that they miss the 10pm deadline.
More on the pens saga from PA, which reports that police were called to a polling station where a woman was handing out pens to fellow voters after a volunteer reported a “disturbance”.
A Sussex Police spokesman said:
Police were called to Durnford Close, Chichester, at around 12.25pm on Thursday 23 June by a volunteer reporting a disturbance outside a polling station.
A PCSO [police community support officer] who was in the area went to the scene and spoke with a woman who was handing out pens.
No offences were committed and it was not being treated as a police matter, the spokesman added. (www.theguardian.com)