08-05-15 Argyll Bute Council
Press Release 08 May 2015
Argyll and Bute UK General Election results
BRENDAN O'Hara has been elected as the Member of Parliament for Argyll and Bute in the UK general election.
Votes from the Argyll and Bute parliamentary constituency have been counted and the result has been declared as follows:
Mary Galbraith, Scottish Labour Party - 5,394
Brendan O’Hara, Scottish National Party - 22,959
Alastair Redman, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party - 7,733
Alan Reid, Scottish Liberal Democrats - 14,486
Caroline Santos, UK Independence Party - 1,311
The result was formally declared by the Returning Officer for Argyll and Bute, Sally Loudon, at the referendum count in Lochgilphead Joint Campus early on Friday 8th May.
The total electorate for Argyll and Bute was 68,875 with 51,939 votes cast. The turnout at the polls was 75.41 per cent.
A total of 59 votes were rejected for a number of reasons. None were rejected due to lack of an official mark; seven were rejected for voting in favour of more than one candidate; one included writing or a mark by which the voter could be identified and 51 were unmarked or void for certainty.
The Argyll and Bute UK general election count commenced after polls closed at 10pm on Thursday 7th May and was carried out through the night, with the result declared at 5.40am on Friday 8th May.
Alongside postal votes and proxies, votes made their way across Argyll and Bute in ballot boxes transported by car, boat, and helicopter to be counted at Lochgilphead Joint Campus.
Returning Officer Sally Loudon said: “Argyll and Bute’s diverse geography means we have to consider the logistics of a major count very carefully. We have a very experienced team who are well used to organising the transportation of ballot boxes by air, land and sea. The knowledge and experience of our election team is backed up by careful planning and a well-established process.
“Everything went extremely smoothly despite the unique challenges involved in administering a count on this scale. I would like to thank everyone involved for ensuring that Argyll and Bute’s UK general election count went so well.”
Facts and figures:
The total number of registered voters in Argyll and Bute is 68,875.
Turnout on the night was 75.41 per cent.
There were 51,939 votes cast.
Rejected votes total: 59
Did not bear the official mark on the ballot paper – 0
Voted in favour of more than one candidate – 7
Included writing or a mark which could identify the voter – 1
Unmarked or void for certainty – 51
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