North-east says No to independence

Voters in the North-east said “No” as Scotland rejected independence in the historic referendum.

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire voted decisively against leaving the United Kingdom.

Aberdeenshire counting officer Colin Mackenzie described the record number of voters in the region as "fantastic".

Aberdeenshire counting officer Colin Mackenzie described the record number of voters in the region as "fantastic".

With the results in from all 32 counts, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes”. The turn-out was 84.5%.

The result showed 55.3% against and 44.7% for independence.

First Minister Alex Salmond, who had spent polling day touring his Aberdeenshire East constituency, travelled to Edinburgh to declare that he accepted the outcome.

The turnout for Aberdeenshire was 87.2%, with 180,045 voters returning ballot papers from a total registered electorate of 206,487, the sixth highest of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

A total of 71,337 votes (39.6%) were cast for “Yes” and 108,606 votes for “No” (60.3%).

Around 1,000 people made up the Aberdeenshire referendum team, with 700 staffing polling stations across the region and a further 300 involved in the count.

The count took place at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, beginning shortly after polls closed at 10pm. Staff worked through the night and the final announcement was made at 5.55am.

Aberdeenshire counting officer Colin Mackenzie said: “This has been an historic night for Scotland and it is fantastic to see record numbers of voters in Aberdeenshire taking part in the democratic referendum process.

“My thanks go out to more than a thousand people who came forward to be part of the Aberdeenshire referendum team. It is their dedication, enthusiasm and hard work that has made this event, with more votes cast than ever before, such a success.”