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Election 2021: Count begins at Moray Sports Centre


By Jonathan Clark

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Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

THE counting of ballots at Moray Sports Centre in Elgin has begun at the area looks to elect an MSP.

Ballot boxes arrived late last night, shortly after polls closed at 10pm, and were first opened at 9.30am, with votes verified before counting.

Ballot boxes for the Scottish Election arrive at the Moray Sports Centre on Thursday night. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Ballot boxes for the Scottish Election arrive at the Moray Sports Centre on Thursday night. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Ballot boxes for the Scottish Election arrive at the Moray Sports Centre on Thursday night. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Ballot boxes for the Scottish Election arrive at the Moray Sports Centre on Thursday night. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The count is taking place during the day, rather than overnight as usual, due to Covid-19 protocols.

There are also fewer count staff than usual, despite a much bigger hall than at Elgin Town Hall – where counts usually take place.

It is unknown when a result will be declared, with the possibility of it running over into tomorrow.

The constituency vote will be declared before the regional list. Full regional list results will not be known until at least tomorrow due to Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch beginning their count a day late.

Ballots being organised. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Ballots being organised. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
  • We will keep you updated with goings on at Moray Sports Centre throughout the day.


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