- *SCOTLAND VOTES AGAINST INDEPENDENCE IN REFERENDUM, BBC PROJECTS
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: BBC PROJECTS NO 55%, YES 45% IN REFERENDUM
The reaction in Cable...
The initial results are in:
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: CLACKMANNANSHIRE 16,350 YES, 19,036 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: CLACKMANNANSHIRE YES 46.2%, NO 53.8%
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: ORKNEY 4,883 YES, 10,004 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: ORKNEY 32.8% YES, 67.2% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: SHETLAND 5,669 YES, 9,951 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: SHETLAND 36% YES, 64% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: EILEAN SIAR 9,195 YES, 10,544 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: EILEAN SIAR 47% YES, 53% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: INVERCLYDE 27,243 YES, 27,329 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: INVERCLYDE 49.9% YES, 50.1% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: RENFREWSHIRE 55,466 YES, 62,067 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: RENFREWSHIRE 47.2% YES, 52.8% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: MIDLOTHIAN 26,370 YES, 33,972 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: MIDLOTHIAN 44% YES, 56% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: E. LOTHIAN 27,467 YES, 44,283 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: E. LOTHIAN 38.3% YES, 61.7% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: STIRLING 25,010 YES, 37,153 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: STIRLING 40.2% YES, 59.8% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: FALKIRK 50,489 YES, 58,030 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: FALKIRK 46.5% YES, 53.5% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: ANGUS VOTES 35,044 YES, 45,192 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: ANGUS 43.7% YES, 56.3% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES:DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY 36,614 YES, 70,039 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES:DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY 34% YES, 66% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES:ABERDEEN 59,390 YES, 84,220 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES:ABERDEEN 41% YES, 59% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: E. RENFREWSHIRE 24,287 YES, 41,690 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: E. RENFREWSHIRE 37% YES, 63% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: E. DUNBARTONSHIRE 30,624 YES; 48,214 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: E. DUNBARTONSHIRE 39% YES, 61% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: S. LANARKSHIRE VOTES 100,990 YES, 121,800 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: S. LANARKSHIRE VOTES 45% YES, 55% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: PERTH & KINROSS VOTES 41,475 YES, 62,714 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: PERTH & KINROSS VOTES 40% YES, 60% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: W. LOTHIAN 53,342 YES, 65,682 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: W. LOTHIAN 45% YES, 55% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: SCOTTISH BORDERS VOTES 27,906 YES, 55,553 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: SCOTTISH BORDERS VOTES 33% YES, 67% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: N. AYRSHIRE 47,072 YES, 49,016 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: N. AYRSHIRE 49% YES, 51% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: S. AYRSHIRE 34,402 YES, 47,247 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: S. AYRSHIRE 42% YES, 58% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: E. AYRSHIRE 39,762 YES, 44,442 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: E. AYRSHIRE 47% YES, 53% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: DUNDEE 53,620 YES, 39, 880 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: DUNDEE 57% YES, 43% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: W. DUNBARTONSHIRE 33,720 YES, 28, 776 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: W. DUNBARTONSHIRE 54% YES, 46% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: N. LANARKSHIRE 115,783 YES, 110,922 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: N. LANARKSHIRE 51% YES, 49% NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: GLASGOW 194,779 YES, 169,347 NO
- *SCOTLAND VOTES: GLASGOW 53% YES, 47% NO
A picture paints a thousand words...
Some of the most recent updates:
Better Together campaign director Blair McDougall says there has been an "extraordinary" #indyref turnout with nearly 100% in some places— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) September 18, 2014
First news coming in of the modern Battle of Falkirk - YES need it BUT NO campaign say they going to win— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) September 18, 2014
I'm told some of the polling stations in East Renfrewshire area had 98% turnout! Verification process finished turnout figures for here soon— Jane Lewis (@BBCJaneLewis) September 18, 2014
BBC's Nick Witchell reports that the Queen is expected to issue a written statement late afternoon on Friday about the result. #indyref— Kevin Keane (@kkabdn) September 18, 2014
Below is a bullet summary of the most recent developments courtesy of the AFP live blog:
23:58 GMT - Fraud allegations - News breaking that police are investigating allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow. Officials at the referendum count in Glasgow say they are investigating 10 cases of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations.
Media reports say it relates to incidents where people turned up to vote and were told they had already voted.
23:47 GMT - Turnout figures - First turnout figures for a couple of areas have just been announced at the count centre in Edinburgh.
In Orkney the turnout was 83.7 percent, in Clackmannanshire 88.6 percent, fitting the trend of what is expected to be extraordinarily high participation.
23:42 GMT - Tribal chief - AFP's Katherine Haddon, at the Edinburgh count centre, says journalists there face a long wait as officials concentrate on the business of counting the huge numbers of ballot papers. But they are not without diversions:
"In the Edinburgh count hall, Benny Wenda, a campaigner for West Papua to be independent from Indonesia, is drawing plenty of attention from journalists, wearing a tribal chief's headdress featuring the head of a bird of paradise," she tells us.
He is in Scotland with the Radical Independence Campaign but normally lives in Oxford and is one of many separatists from other nations who hope the Scottish vote will mobilise support for their own independence battles.
"I'm campaigning for an independence referendum for my people," says Wenda.
23:30 GMT - Roundup - In case you are just joining us, counting is now under way at each of Scotland's 32 polling stations, with the first results expected from around 2am local time. The final vote will not be announced until after 6am, but a running total may well make it possible to call the result before then.
Officials have reported an unprecedented turnout -- up to 90 percent in some areas, with postal votes also high -- and many people have hailed it a victory for democracy, whatever the outcome.
A YouGov poll released after the close of polling predicted a victory for the "No" campaign of 54 percent to 46 for "Yes". But this hasn't stopped large crowds of pro-independence supporters gathering expectantly in Glasgow's George Square and outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh.
22:55 GMT - Bookies expect 'No' - Since the close of voting, betting markets have shifted considerably towards a 'No' vote. Bookmakers Ladbrokes said the latest odds were 1/7 'No' 9/2 'Yes'.
22:44 GMT - George Square - In Glasgow, the central George Square is awash with blue and white flags, as thousands of independence supporters await the results.
Globe and Mail correspondent Mark MacKinnon tweets: "On Glasgow's George Square. Crowd waiting for the official count, and hoping the #indyref polls are wrong..."
Other twitter users have posted videos and pictures of flares being lit and flags burned.
22:24 GMT - Looking ahead - Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has invited the SNP to join discussions on more powers for the Scottish Parliament if there is a "No" vote.
He tells STV: "If we have got a no vote as I hope… that's something I would want people from the SNP to be involved in."
Alluding to what at times has been a fiercely fought campaign, he adds: "We have got to heal the wounds that we have inflicted on ourselves."
22:19 GMT - Queen 'watching' - Royal officials tell Britain's Sky News that Queen Elizabeth is watching the referendum results "very closely". Publicly, she has stayed out of the debate, saying it was "a matter for the people of Scotland".
22:13 GMT - Ballot boxes arrive - AFP's Katherine Haddon, in Edinburgh, tells us: "First ballot boxes from polling stations are starting to arrive at the Edinburgh count. In the hall, "Yes" and "No" supporters, some in t-shirts advertising their allegiance, a couple in kilts, cluster in groups chatting to each other, looking anxious. It's going to be a long night."
22:02 GMT - At the Aberdeen count centre representatives from both the "Yes" and "No" campaigns watch on, trying to get a sample feel of the number of votes cast at this stage.
This is one of the biggest counts in the country and First Minister Alex Salmond's vote will be among those counted when the ballot box from his rural home village of Strichen arrives.
21:59 GMT - Aberdeen count - AFP's Robin Millard is at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, where the count for rural Aberdeenshire is taking place. The votes from Aberdeen city are being counted in a separate venue in Scotland's oil capital.
"At the stroke of 10pm, when the polls closed, counting officials immediately went into action," he tells us.
"Boxes of postal votes were tipped out onto the tables and officials in white t-shirts, with blue plastic thimbles for extra purchase on each ballot, began counting the number of votes in piles of 100 to make sure they matched the given tally.
"Plastic boxes filled with sweets are on hand to keep the counters going. With the first piles complete, they drummed their fingers on the tables in anticipation of many, many more."
21:53 GMT - Chairman of the Yes Scotland campaign Dennis Canavan tells Scottish television station STV: "Some people may be super-optimistic… I'm a bit more of a realist, I still think it's neck and neck."
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Finally, for those who enjoy observing events on the ground, here is a live webcast from the ground in Scotland: