Despite more than two million people voting to keep Scotland a part of the United Kingdom yesterday and acceptance from Alex Salmond that the outcome of the vote was the "the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland", a petition saying the outcome of the referendum vote was rigged has garnered more than 70,000 supporters.
It may have been the largest turnout in UK history with a majority vote of ‘No’, but thousands are demanding a revote because of "strange occurrences", that have already been dismissed as examples of vote rigging.
The petition states:
Countless evidences of fraud during the recent Scottish Referendum have come to light, including two counts of votes being moved in bulk into a No pile, Yes votes clearly being seen in no piles and strange occurences [sic] with dual fire alarms and clear cut fraud in Glasgow. We demand a revote be taken of said referendum, where each vote shall be counted by two individuals, one of whom should be an international impartial party without a stake in the vote.
The allegations of votes being miscounted refers to this video that nationalists have said "proves" the referendum was rigged:
— Toneball Squarepants (@Tone_berg) September 19, 2014
But the conspiracy theory has been promptly dismissed by Yes Dundee who said it was nothing to worry about…
— Fraser Hay (@foools_gold) September 19, 2014
It comes after Scottish nationalists were told to "get a grip" yesterday after angry pro-indy supporters vented their frustrations on social media after the result was announced.
The angry reaction is somewhat unsurprising given the hostile nature of the debate from both the nationalist and unionist camps in the final days of the divisive campaign.
Rigged. Fixed. Bribes and power. Brace yourself Scotland. We're going to be raped for years to come.
— Euan Reid (@johnlennon___) September 19, 2014
Would be no surprise if it was rigged. #indyref
— danny griffiths (@dannyjee321) September 18, 2014
Actually shocked about the Scotland vote! I demand a recount! #fixed
— NOVAR (@NovarFLIP) September 19, 2014
— KING KHALID (@khalidhussaindj) September 19, 2014
A dont care what anyone says but the full voting system is rigged even if The full of Scotland wanted independent it would be fixed to a no
— kevin conway (@_kevinconway) September 19, 2014
Others, meanwhile, responded to the accusations of the result being fixed with exasperation, telling those concerned that "this is Scotland, not Sudan."
The people who are trying to claim the vote was rigged need to stop clutching at straws and embarrassing yourselves #indyref
— Niall C (@Nialler67) September 19, 2014
Dear Nats: please. Have the good grace not to pretend the vote was rigged. Scotland is not Tower Hamlets. #indyref
— Rob Marchant (@rob_marchant) September 19, 2014
This is Scotland not Sudan. Of course it wasn't fixed.
— steezus (@yungareyan) September 19, 2014
all the 'yes' voters are sulking so have brought out the "fixed" card. urm no, the majority of scotland have common sense. #realitycheck
— madison (@howesx) September 19, 2014
If you think that one of the world's oldest democracy's, the UK, has rigged this referendum you need to get a grip. #indyref
— Robbie Callander (@RobbieCallander) September 19, 2014
slamming the no voters, saying it was fixed and calling scotland an 'embarrassment,' only thing this has done is brought out the arseholes
— KT (@katiemalatie) September 19, 2014
Meanwhile, officials at the referendum count in Glasgow are investigating 10 cases of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations after Glasgow City Council said police had been called earlier today.
They said it related to possible cases of impersonation, where people pretend to be someone else, cast the vote, then the real person turned up to vote.
Police Scotland said there was an ongoing investigation into a "small number" of ballot papers which had been compromised.
Today, Nationalists and Unionists faced calls to unite to condemn "dishonest numpties" manipulating social media to suggest that tensions in Glasgow were worse than they seemed in the wake of Friday's historic referendum result.
While social media reports indicated that violent troubles continued into the early hours of the morning, a Police Scotland spokesman said groups had dwindled to sets of two and three people by around 1am, with six arrests made by the end of the tense stand off.
But amid reports of flag burning and mounting tensions in the city, BBC journalist Andrew Neil used Twitter to criticise people he said were posting images from the London riots in a bid to pass them off as Glasgow.
Some dishonest numpties using pics from Tottenham riots to claim this is Glasgow tonight. Yes and No should unite to condemn.
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) September 20, 2014
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) September 20, 2014