Two thirds of Borderers reject independence

Almost 200 count staff worked through the night
Almost 200 count staff worked through the night
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At shortly before 5am on Friday morning the overwhelming victory for Better Together in the Scottish Borders was announced.

The result came seven hours after 108 polling stations across the Borders closed, and followed over 83,000 votes being counted at Springwood Hall, Kelso.

Counting officer Tracey Logan announced the outcome shortly before 5am

Counting officer Tracey Logan announced the outcome shortly before 5am

However, as early as 1am it was becoming clear that the No camp would be celebrating a resounding victory in the region.

At that time, Better Together sources were already confident enough to predict a margin of between 20 and 30 per cent in their favour.

And so it proved, with two thirds of voters rejecting independence, leaving the region second only to Orkney in terms of the strength of opposition to the Yes campaign’s vision.

Almost 200 staff worked through the night to count the ballot papers, and then count the actual votes cast, before the formal announcement was made.

The No camp celebrated throughout the night as the counts came in from across the country

The No camp celebrated throughout the night as the counts came in from across the country

The first ballot box arrived shortly after 10pm on Thursday, by which point the count staff were already working through the postal votes.

Counting officer Tracey Logan told The Southern: “It was a privilege to be the counting officer for the Borders for this historic referendum and I am delighted that we were able to deliver an efficient and effective polling day and overnight count.

“My team worked for many months alongside a range of key partners, most notably Police Scotland, to prepare for this event.

“I would like to thank them all for their commitment and effort.”

John Lamont MSP taking a break during the referendum count

John Lamont MSP taking a break during the referendum count

She added: “For the first time, the count centre was based at Springwood Park in Kelso – a venue which we chose carefully as it had both the required space and facilities to deliver a count of this scale.

“I would like to thank the owners of the site, Border Union Agricultural Society, whose staff went out their way to meet our needs.

“While we are used to working on overnight election counts, we knew the referendum would present a number of fresh challenges – none more so than the unprecedented turnout across the region.

“It was remarkable to see over 87 per cent of eligible Borderers casting their vote but this meant we had to have the right processes in place to ensure all of these ballot papers were verified and counted accurately, and also in a timely manner. I’m pleased to say this was the case.”

It was a long night at the count

It was a long night at the count

Ms Logan added: “The feedback we’ve had from those who were at the count or had a wider involvement in the referendum process has been extremely positive.

“Everyone who had a part to play should be proud of what they achieved.”

The refendum count in the Borders was conducted at Springwood Hall, Kelso

The refendum count in the Borders was conducted at Springwood Hall, Kelso

Councillor Bill White celebrates a No win

Councillor Bill White celebrates a No win

John Lamont MSP takes a break

John Lamont MSP takes a break