Scottish Independence Petition Demanding Referendum Be Re-Held Because It Was Rigged Reaches 70,000

20/09/2014 13:23 | Updated 20 September 2014

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:

But the conspiracy theory has been promptly dismissed by Yes Dundee who said it was nothing to worry about…

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.

Others, meanwhile, responded to the accusations of the result being fixed with exasperation, telling those concerned that "this is Scotland, not Sudan."

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.

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.


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