Voters in Shetland reject alternative vote in referendum

Voters in Shetland rejected the introduction of the alternative vote for elections to Westminster in the nationwide referendum carried out at the same time as polling for the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.

On a near-identical turnout to those elections, 53.7 per cent of Shetland voters cast their ballots with 5,079 (55 per cent) saying no and 4,121 (45 per cent) saying yes. The AV proposals, the referendum on which was secured by the Liberal Democrats as part of the coalition deal with the Conservatives, was heavily rejected by voters around the country.


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