Garioch residents headed to the polls today (Thursday) to cast their ballots in an historic vote on Scotland’s constitutional future.
After two-and-a-half years of campaigning, voters across Scotland were expected to turn out in unprecedented numbers to vote in the referendum on Scottish independence - with some analysts predicting a turnout of 80-85% of registered electors.
Opinion polling remained neck-and-neck between the pro-independence and pro-union sides right up to the final days of the campaign as observers declared the race too close to call.
The pro-union ‘Better Together’ campaign had enjoyed a double-digit lead in the polls until as recently as last month but the gap between the two sides narrowed significantly in the lead-up to polling day.
Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm today.
Once the polling stations close, ballot boxes from across the North-east will be transferred to the AECC in Aberdeen - along with the votes cast by postal voters - for the official vote count.
The final result is expected at around breakfast time on Friday, September 19.