An observer team from IEBC and the National Assembly has just finalized observing the Scottish Independence Referendum. The officials are part of an international observer group invited by the UK Electoral commission to observe the historic vote. In a joint statement, the team, which is led by the Chairperson of IEBC Mr. A. I. Hassan and Hon. John Mati Munuve, MP and member of the Justice & Legal Affairs Committee, National Assembly, thanked the UK Electoral Commission and the Scottish Elections Board for inviting them to observe this historic referendum saying the lessons learnt “are invaluable and will inform the conduct of future Referenda and elections in Kenya”.
The vote, which was held on 18th September, 2014 returned had the following Electoral Statistics and outcomes:
Registered votes - 4,285,323
Vote turnout - 84.9%
Referendum question - Should Scotland be an independent country?
The results was as follows:
Yes - 1,617,989 -45%
No - 2,001,926 - 55%
The leader of the 'Yes' Team, First Minister, Mr. Alex Salmond conceded defeat before official announcement of the results. The Prime Minister and other leaders then gave their speeches to their supporters. Mr. Alistair Darling gave a speech to the no supporters. They will be making a comprehensive report on the process and the lessons learnt which include the voting process, counting and declaration of the results.