Falkirk’s Mary praised for her role in referendum

Chief Counting Officer Mary Pitcaithly made the historic referendum announcement''Picture: Michael Gillen
Chief Counting Officer Mary Pitcaithly made the historic referendum announcement''Picture: Michael Gillen
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Falkirk Council chief executive Mary Pitcaithly has been praised for spearheading the running of this year’s independence referendum.

The town hall boss was the country’s chief counting officer. She made the historic 
announcement that the majority of Scots voters had rejected independence.

A report by the Electoral Commission has said the referendum was “well run” and an example to be followed.

John McCormick, electoral commissioner for Scotland, said: “On almost every measure of participation the referendum exceeded anything we have seen before and people overwhelmingly said they found the experience positive.

“This is thanks to the commitment and hard work of those running the referendum, but also provides a lesson in how to legislate and plan for referendums policymakers across the UK should learn from.”

Mrs Pitcaithly said that the size and scale of the 2014 Referendum was unprecedented in Scottish politics and its organisation involved hundreds of people dedicated to delivering an accurate and trusted result.

She added: “It is pleasing that their work has been recognised by the electoral commissioner for Scotland and that he indicated this provides a blueprint for future work that others can learn from.

“From a personal perspective it was a massive undertaking but I was immensely proud to have been part of this historic event. It was also great to see so many participating in democracy, something I hope can be replicated in future polling events.”