Indy Ref round up: South Ayrshire votes no

Voters in South Ayrshire said no to Scottish Independence in Thursday’s historic referendum.

Voters turned out in huge numbers across the region throughout the day to have their say in Scotland’s biggest decision for over 300 years.

When the result was formally announced at just after 5am by the counting officer for South Ayrshire, it was revealed that voters in the area had rejected independence by 57.9% to 42.1%.

Eileen Howat, counting officer for South Ayrshire officially declared that the turnout in South Ayrshire had been 86.1%.

Out of the 81,716 votes that had been cast, 34,402 votes had been cast for ‘Yes’ in response to the question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country’?, whilst 47,247 people responded to the question by voting ‘No’.

There were 67 ballot papers that were rejected.

The vote in South Ayrshire followed the national trend which saw voters in Scotland reject independence by a margin of 55% to 45%.

Overall, 2,001,926 people in Scotland voted No to indepndence (55.3%) whilst 1,617,989 voters said Yes to independence (44.7%) on an overall turnout of 84.6% across the country.

Speaking immediately after the South Ayrshire vote was announced, Sandra Osborne MP said: “I think this is a great result for South Ayrshire and it is the result of a lot of hard work.

“Now it is time to really focus on solving the real problems of social justice that we have here in Scotland and put this behind us to move Scotland forward.”

SNP MSP Chic Brodie said: “It’s disappointing but we fought a great campaign with some political parites and some who weren’t in political parties.

“It is my belief that we could well be back here again.”