Dumfries and Galloway votes no to independence

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Dumfries and Galloway voted against an independent Scotland with a 65.6% ‘no’ vote in the culmination of a tense, uncertain and passionate campaign.

In line with the majority of the rest of Scotland, the people of the region turned out en masse to ensure their voices were heard.

The crowd celebrates the no vote

The crowd celebrates the no vote

The regional announcement from Dumfries and Galloway came before 5am and it quickly became apparent, as the remaining regions relayed their votes, that the fight for independence had been lost.

Speaking at 6.30am, First Minister Alex Salmond said he would now take forward what the people of Scotland wanted and was looking towards the fulfilment of promises made by Westminster. He added that he would accept the outcome but praised the Scottish voters for coming out to take part in the historic day.

IN FIGURES:

A total of 36,614 votes were cast for Yes and a total of 70,039 votes were cast for No.

A total of 122 votes were rejected for a number of reasons, including:

0 - Did not bear the official mark on the ballot paper

18 -Voted in favour of both answers

9 - Included writing or a mark by which the voter could be identified and

95 - Were unmarked or void for uncertainty

The turnout for the Dumfries and Galloway area was 87.5%, with 106,775 voters returning a ballot paper from a total registered electorate in Dumfries and Galloway of 122,052. The electorate included 2,920 young voters.