Counting ‘em all in - Fife’s Euro vote

European elections 2014
European elections 2014

The count for the European elections is well underway in Fife.

It got underway at 6.00 p.m. on the dot after Steve Grimmond, Returning Officer, made a short speech outlining the process to candidates, activists and the 180 staff counting the ballot papers.

A result is not expected until around 11.00 p.m.

Most of the political parties have representatives at the count - familiar faces from the Fife political patrolling the count floor include MSPs Cara Hilton and Claire Baker, and Councillor Altany Craick, chairman of Glenrothes Area Committee.

The campaign teams from the SNP, Lib Dems and the Tories are also in the building, along with UKIP who have Peter Adams present.

There are 286,631 eligible voters in Fife. The official turnout should be known early in the evening.

Some 45,499 postal votes have been sent out.

The 2009 Euro vote locally saw the SNP and Labour top the poll with 21,000 votes apiece - double that of the Lib Dems and Tories. UKIP polled just 4500 five years ago.

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