The people of Scotland have voted and now the count is underway.
The first results are expected to come out after 10pm.
In the Highlands, stage one verification is now complete and based on the Highland electorate of 178,573 electors, the turnout is 43.2%.
— The Highland Council (@HighlandCouncil) May 26, 2019
The counting started at around 7.15pm.
The verification stage is also underway at the Aberdeenshire count.
That’s the team underway with the verification stage of this evenings count for the 2019 European Parliamentary elections for the #Aberdeenshire counting area #EuropeanElections2019 pic.twitter.com/bonPsNUB9q
— Jim Savege (@jimsavege) May 26, 2019
Aberdeenshire Council has since announced the number of papers counted at the verification stage was 74,266, representing a turnout of 38.6%.
And in Moray, the ballot boxes have been emptied and the process has begun.
The ballot boxes are here. They’ve been stored securely since the polls closed at 10pm on Thursday. The count begins. pic.twitter.com/2mBeMLV4ZR
— Moray Council (@TheMorayCouncil) May 26, 2019
In the islands, counting is due to start at 8pm on Orkney.
We’re busy getting ready for #Orkney #EuropeanElection2019 count in the Council Chamber. Counting gets underway at 8.00pm and we hope to make a declaration around 10.00pm. Stay tuned for updates. pic.twitter.com/9n2ArNCYBm
— Orkney Council (@OrkneyCouncil) May 26, 2019