Scottish election results live stream: How to watch election results come in

Scotland election is 'on a knife edge' says Ross

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Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are pushing to win an overall majority at Holyrood in a vote that is being regarded as a shadow vote for Scottish Independence. The result of today’s election could veer Scotland firmly onto the path of breaking away from its union in the United Kingdom.

An overall majority for Ms Sturgeon and her party could make it highly likely a second independence referendum would be secured.

A big win for the SNP will force Boris Johnson to reconsider his current stance on independence, a prospect he is currently not entertaining.

The UK’s departure from the European Union, a perception that the Scottish Government handled the coronavirus crisis better than England, and a noted dislike of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Government have revitalised support for an independent Scotland.

The vote is the largest test of political opinion outside of the UK wide general elections, with the future of the United Kingdom, support for the SNP’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, and the relevance of the Labour Party in Scotland some of the key issues at play.

The results for the election is likely to be drawn out over the course of the weekend, with some declarations not expected until late on Saturday.

Voting in today’s election looks a little different from how it would in normal times.

Queues and one way systems make up just some of the COVID-19 safety measures, with face masks and a bring-your-own-pencil policy in place at many polling stations.

A million Scots have already voted via postal vote, and today’s turnout is expected to be high.

How can I watch the results come in?

Votes in the Scottish election are not being counted tonight due coronavirus.

Counting will begin in the morning at 9am and in some constituencies is expected to last until Saturday evening.

The need for social distancing, plus fewer staff able to physically count the votes, means there will be no overnight counts this evening.

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Coverage of the elections will be available on major news channels such as Sky News and BBC News, as well as the other elections taking place across England and Wales.

BBC coverage will kick off at 9am on Friday and run until 10pm on the BBC News Channel and BBC iPlayer.

It will also be available on BBC Two in the morning and BBC One from 2.30pm to 6pm.

BBC local radio stations will also be carrying results and analysis throughout Friday and into the weekend.

BBC Radio 5 Live will have full coverage running on Friday and into Saturday, with reporters based at key counts.

Scotland specific coverage will run on BBC One Scotland from midday on Friday.

BBC Naidheachdan will bring the Gaelic audience the latest news with a series of An La specials, and extended reports on radio, TV and online.

Express.co.uk will also be covering the results live throughout Friday and into the weekend.

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