More Aberdeenshire residents took part in the European Parliamentary Elections 2014 than the previous election five years ago. Voter turnout was recorded at 32.63% for Aberdeenshire, an increase of 3.52% on the turnout for the European Parliamentary Elections in 2009.
The count for the Aberdeenshire area took place at the Garioch Sports Centre in Inverurie last night (Sunday 25 May).
Residents in Aberdeenshire voted on Thursday for the Scotland region constituency, which returns six MEPs to the European Parliament.
The announcement was made just after 10pm tonight. A total of 63,358 votes were counted for Aberdeenshire. The results of the count were
Party – Number of votes
- Britain First – 618
- British National Party – 576
- Conservative Party – 15710
- Labour Party – 6402
- Liberal Democrats – 8876
- No2EU – 258
- Scottish Green Party – 3612
- Scottish National Party – 19802
- UK Independence Party – 7420
The votes were counted manually by dozens of volunteers, overseen by Aberdeenshire’s elections team and counting agents from the participating political parties.
Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive and Aberdeenshire Returning Officer, Colin Mackenzie, said
It is very encouraging to see a higher turnout this year than the previous European Parliamentary Election in 2009, both in Aberdeenshire and many other local authority areas across Scotland.
It is up to each individual to exercise their right to vote. While there are many reasons that people choose not to take part, we have worked hard to ensure Aberdeenshire’s residents have easy access to the information and facilities to enable them to vote.
It has been a successful night and I would like to extend my thanks to the council’s Election Team who have worked hard to make sure both the polling day and the count events ran smoothly.
The final election ballots for Scotland are not yet counted so the final make up of the MEPs is not official but is expected to be
- Conservative – One seat
- Labour – Two seats
- SNP – Two seats
- UKIP – One seat
The Lib Dems have lost their one seat in Scotland being replaced by UKIP.