Schools election project

The winning candidates in the Aberdeenshire Schools Election Project.
The winning candidates in the Aberdeenshire Schools Election Project.
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Secondary pupils have been taking part in the latest Aberdeenshire Schools Election Project.

The count took place at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven and involved young people from all 17 of the area’s secondary schools, who came together to find out which party and candidate had won in each of the ‘constituencies’.

With 10,659 votes cast the turnout was 75.9%, which is far higher than in the last Scottish Parliamentary election in 2011, when the figure was 50.4%.

Each school ran the contest for its own constituency, with pupils being able to stand for each of the five political parties represented in Holyrood - Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats, SNP and the Greens.

Pupils nominated their own candidates, ran their own campaigns, staffed polling stations and counted the votes.