September 21, 2014
An election observation mission by AEGEE-Europe was present at the Scottish Independence Referendum held on the 18th of September 2014. Setting its main focus on the representation of the youth in Europe, the mission had as its goal to enhance democracy by ensuring the transparency of the voting process and the compliance with international voting regulations.
The ongoing debate whether Scotland should be independent from the United Kingdom reached its culmination with yesterday’s referendum. The public opinion on the matter had been divided during the campaigning process: preliminary polls had predicted an even distribution of votes on either side, with “yes” and “no” leading the race at different points in time prior to September 18th.
During the day of the Referendum, 8 polling stations throughout Edinburgh were visited by the mission. These were chosen based on socio-demographic data collected beforehand. Thus it was possible to observe different electoral settings in and outside […]