As first reported on Friday, several video clips appear to show sporadic examples of potential vote fraud, feeding into existing suspicions that the British establishment was prepared to go to any lengths to prevent Scotland from gaining independence from Westminster.
One clip shows a woman appearing to place a number of ‘yes’ votes onto the no pile, while another example shows bundles of ‘yes’ votes lying on a table designated for ‘no’ votes.
Officials in Dundee denied that any irregularities had taken place, claiming there was, “No need to worry.”
Several Russian election observers working on behalf of the Kremlin also slammed the procedure as fraudulent, including Georgy Fyodorov, the head of the Association for the Protection of Electoral Rights, who asserted that “there were more yes votes during the vote count.” Fyodorov went on to complain that the ‘no’ campaign “resorted to every violation imaginable.”
Russian polling expert Igor Borisov also claimed that the voting procedure was “last century” and that it was “impossible to see what (was) going on at [polling tables]” and that ballot boxes were “lying around… without any protection.”
After the alleged vote fraud videos went viral, online petitions popped up, with tens of thousands rushing to advocate a recount.
A change.org petition started by a Scottish resident demands “a revote of the Scottish Referendum, counted by impartial international parties.” The petition has been signed by over 88,000 individuals.
A separate petition which demands an independent enquiry into vote fraud allegations has topped 62,000 signatures.
Former deputy leader of the Scottish National Party Jim Sillars also took to Twitter to demand an investigation into the allegations.
Officials at the office of the chief counting officer in Edinburgh admitted to the Guardian that the allegations had “grown arms and legs” over the weekend.