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Electoral Commission rejects Scottish Government’s independence referendum question

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The elections watchdog has rejected the Scottish Government’s preferred question for next year’s independence referendum.First Minister Alex Salmond’s proposal for the historic vote is to ask voters: Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?But the Electoral Commission said using the phrase “do you agree” could encourage some people to vote yes. It said the question should have a more neutral wording, and recommended it be changed to: Should Scotland be an independent country?John McCormick, Electoral Commissioner for Scotland, said: “We have rigorously tested the proposed question, speaking to a wide range of people across Scotland.“Any referendum question must be, and be seen to be, neutral. People told us that they felt the words ‘Do you agree’ could lead voters towards voting yes.”

via Electoral Commission rejects Scottish Government’s independence referendum question – Politics / News / The Courier.

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