Friday, September 19, 2014

Scotland Independence Referendum: Videos Claim Vote 'Is Definitely a Fix'

By Tabatha Kinder
September 19, 2014 09:22 BST

A still from the Sky News broadcast is circulating widely on Twitter as some users believe it shows the Dundee vote count was 'rigged'.Twitter/Sky News

Disappointed 'Yes' voters across Scotland are reacting to the news that Scotland has voted No to independence with disbelief, as thousands claim the ballot was rigged in voting stations in locations such as Dundee and Edinburgh.

Stills from a broadcast on Sky News of Dundee polling station have been circulating widely on Twitter and Facebook this morning. The images apparently show a ballot paper clearly marked "Yes" in a pile allocated to No votes.

The image has led to allegations of electoral fraud and rigging in the historic elections, with Facebook users on the popular "Scottish Independence - Vote YES" page claiming the video showsthe vote is "definitely a fix".

But the Yes campaign in Dundee has clarified that the image in question merely shows votes waiting to be counted - not ones that have been counted already.One Yes campaigner, Amy Louise, wrote:

"This entire thing stinks so much of fish, it's attracting sharks from Australia."

They tweeted: "To clarify, ballot papers have not yet been sorted in Yes/No and are just resting on table where No will go once sorted. No need to worry."

The tweet has not quashed the fears of many Scots, however, with Twitter users responding to @YesDundee quoting a sketch from Father Ted. A number of users replied: "The money was just resting in my account, honestly your honour."

Dundee - which is one of only four areas of Scotland to have voted Yes to independence - has been implicated in further allegations of vote rigging by the Yes campaign before the final result was announced.