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Rival referendum question denied

12 July 2012

Holyrood’s unionist parties were dealt a blow yesterday, by the Electoral Commission’s rejection of a request that it assess a rival independence referendum question, composed by a “panel of experts”.

The three main opposition parties had hoped their panel’s single question would be assessed alongside the SNP’s preferred wording, which critics argue encourages a “yes” vote.

John McCormick, Electoral Commissioner, said: “As we said in our consultation response it’s for the relevant Government to propose a question. This should be independently and transparently assessed before it is put to Parliament for approval as part of a clear, statutory process. We would not expect to undertake any question assessment that was not part of this process.

“The Commission’s process for assessing questions includes asking voters, experts, campaigners and politicians for their views” he added.


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