Midlothian voter numbers rise

A steady flow of independence referendum voters at the Lasswade Centre, Bonnyrigg
A steady flow of independence referendum voters at the Lasswade Centre, Bonnyrigg

There has been a “steady” flow of voters through Midlothian’s polling stations this morning.

The polls opened at 7am and Midlothian’s Returning Officer Kenneth Lawrie told the Advertiser that there were “no significant” issues at the county’s polling stations.

Speaking outside the Lasswade Centre, Mr Lawrie said: “I don’t know exact figures but it has been steady. We have seen a lot of people through and certainly talking to the presiding officers they are noticing a very significant difference from the European elections in terms of level of interest and engagement.”

He added: “There were a couple of examples of a few people on their way to work at 7am waiting for the polling station to open.”

Mr Lawrie continued that there were “no significant” issues at the polling stations. “It has been okay so far I am pleased to say.”

There are 69,613 registered in Midlothian to vote in the independence referendum. This includes 13,668 postal votes and 1,747 16 and 17-year-olds.

The polls close at 10pm tonight with a national result expected about 7am tomorrow.