10 May 2021

Aberdeenshire Returning Officer thanks everyone involved in the election process

More than 1,000 people were involved in supporting the Scottish Parliament election process in the North-east over the course of polling day and the two-day count, supporting 133 polling places and managing 428 ballot boxes. 

Across the three Aberdeenshire seats a total of 116,119 votes were cast, from an electorate of 182,956, which results in an overall 63.46% turnout.

Aberdeenshire Council Returning Officer and Chief Executive Jim Savege said: “Running an election at any time is a massive undertaking, and I would like to thank everybody for their fantastic efforts given the additional measures we’ve had in place this year to ensure everybody could vote safely and with confidence.

“We once again joined our colleagues from Aberdeen City Council to share P&J Live as a count venue, whose operations team helped us run the count as close to normal as possible.

“It has been a massive team effort. I would personally like to thank all those who supported our polling places, who transported the ballot boxes, everybody involved in the count process, Police Scotland for keeping us safe and all the staff at P&J Live.

“And I’d also like to thank you – the people who voted in person – for observing the guidance in our polling places. Local democracy remains of tremendous importance for all our communities and it is vital that we continue to enjoy that privilege and participate fully in the election process at each and every opportunity.”