We demand a recount
the BBC lied to you, Scotland. It is true that the Referendum Bill of
2013 forbids the CHIEF COUNTING OFFICER from recounting votes after they
have been declared. But it does not forbid anyone ELSE from recounting the
votes and it gives any person in Scotland the power to request and
receive the register of the votes. So…you may not be able to revote
(this time around) but you can all ASK FOR AND RECEIVE the full tally of
votes and see what the outcome really was. And….the votes have not yet
been certified. They are certified six weeks from now. So the election
is not actually legally 'over.' You can as you see 'bring proceedings
for a petition of a judicial review' for the next five weeks.
You need to "apply to the supervisory jurisdiction of the Court of Session' to get a judicial review. And at this point we need to ask a Scottish barrister what exactly that means.
But Scotland -- your process is not over. They are trying to trick you in saying the process is over. That vote count only stands if it rests for six weeks without a petition for a judicial review. Please share widely. And remember -- every single one of you has the right to ask for the register of votes in your council and receive it to review it in a public place.
34Restriction on legal challenge to referendum result
(1)No court may entertain any proceedings for questioning the number of ballot papers counted or votes cast as certified by a counting officer or by the Chief Counting Officer under section 7(2)(b) or (as the case may be) (4) unless—
(a)the proceedings are brought by way of a petition for judicial review, and
(b)the petition is lodged before the end of the permitted period.
(2)In subsection (1)(b) “the permitted period” means the period of 6 weeks beginning with—
(a)the day on which the officer in question makes the certification as to the number of ballot papers counted and votes cast in the referendum, or
(b)if the officer makes more than one such certification, the day on which the last is made.
(3)In subsection (1), references to a petition for judicial review are references to an application to the supervisory jurisdiction of the Court of Session.