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Scotland Act 1998

Allocation of Seats in the North East of Scotland Region

An example based on votes cast in the North-East Scotland Region on 6 May 1999 is shown in the table below.

North-East Scotland Region


Lib Dem





Party Vote726664984392329521498067
Constituency MSPs43200
1st Additional Member÷5=14533÷4=12461÷3=30776÷1=52149÷1=8067Con win
2nd Additional Member÷5=14533÷4=12461÷3=30776÷2=26075÷1=8067SNP win
3rd Additional Member÷5=14533÷4=12461÷4=23082÷2=26075÷1=8067Con win
4th Additional Member÷5=14533÷4=12461÷4=23082÷3=17383÷1=8067SNP win
5th Additional Member÷5=14533÷4=12461÷5=18466÷3=17383÷1=8067SNP win
6th Additional Member÷5=14533÷4=12461÷6=15388÷3=17383÷1=8067Con win
7th Additional Member÷5=14533÷4=12461÷6=15388÷4=13037÷1=8067SNP win
No of Additional Members00430
Total No of MSPs43630

The table does not include smaller parties or an individual candidate (who received 2303 votes).

  • The number of votes cast for each party list is divided by the number of constituency MSPs gained plus one. For example, the Labour party gained 4 constituency MSPs so the party list vote is divided by 5.

  • After that calculation is done, the party with the highest regional figure gains the first regional seat. In this case that is quite clearly the Conservative Party who had a high vote but no constituency MSPs.

  • For the second to seventh regional seats the same calculations are carried out but seats gained are included, e.g. when competing for the second regional seat the Conservative Party vote is divided by 2.

  • The final regional seat was secured by 15,388 “votes” or 5.4 per cent of the total vote. An independent candidate would have had to secure a similar level of support in order to gain a seat.

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