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Welsh Powers referendum count: as it happened

Wales has voted yes with 21 out of 22 local authorities voting yes. The only county to vote no in the referendum was Monmouthshire. Turnout was just over 35%.

Wales now has powers to pass its own laws in the 2o areas devolved to the assembly – like Scotland and Northern Ireland – without the approval of Westminster.

The result has been hailed as “an historic day for Wales” by First Minister Carwyn Jones but the turnout has been criticised by no campaigners.

Counting of ballots began in the Welsh assembly powers referendum around 9am. ITV Wales will be bringing you the latest results on how Wales has voted as we get them.

The count will take place in 22 regional centres with the votes collated in the Senedd where the electoral commissioner for Wales will announce the final result.

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16:38: That’s about all from me – thanks for all your comments and make sure you tune into ITV Wales at 18:00 for a special programme on the Welsh Referendum and what today’s yes result means for Wales.

16:30: UKIP are questioning legitimacy of result after a low turnout.

16:20: Here’s the final results by local authority:

BLAENAU GWENT
Yes 11,869 (68.87%)
No 5,366 (31.13%)
Yes maj 6,503 (37.73%)
Electorate 53,196; Turnout 17,235 (32.40%)

DENBIGHSHIRE
Yes 15,793 (61.85%)
No 9,742 (38.15%)
Yes maj 6,051 (23.70%)
Electorate 74,279; Turnout 25,535 (34.38%)

WREXHAM
Yes 17,606 (64.09%)
No 9,863 (35.91%)
Yes maj 7,743 (28.19%)
Electorate 101,792; Turnout 27,469 (26.99%)

Watch an interview with Lesley Griffiths AM for Wrexham at ITV.com/Wales

ISLE OF ANGLESEY
Yes 14,011 (64.77%)
No 7,620 (35.23%)
Yes maj 6,391 (29.55%)
Electorate 49,405; Turnout 21,631 (43.78%)

NEWPORT
Yes 15,983 (54.76%)
No 13,204 (45.24%)
Yes maj 2,779 (9.52%)
Electorate 104,700; Turnout 29,187 (27.88%)

CONWY

Yes 18,368 (59.72%)
No 12,390 (40.28%)
Yes maj 5,978 (19.44%)
Electorate 91,175; Turnout 30,758 (33.74%)

PEMBROKESHIRE
Yes 19,600 (54.98%)
No 16,050 (45.02%)
Yes maj 3,550 (9.96%)
Electorate 92,097; Turnout 35,650 (38.71%)

MERTHYR TYDFIL
Yes 9,136 (68.86%)
No 4,132 (31.14%)
Yes maj 5,004 (37.71%)
Electorate 44,115; Turnout 13,268 (30.08%)

POWYS
Yes 21,072 (51.64%)
No 19,730 (48.36%)
Yes maj 1,342 (3.29%)
Electorate 102,979; Turnout 40,802 (39.62%)

NEATH PORT TALBOT
Yes 29,957 (73.00%)
No 11,079 (27.00%)
Yes maj 18,878 (46.00%)
Electorate 108,146; Turnout 41,036 (37.95%)

Watch an interview with Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins

VALE OF GLAMORGAN
Yes 19,430 (52.54%)
No 17,551 (47.46%)
Yes maj 1,879 (5.08%)
Electorate 92,280; Turnout 36,981 (40.07%)

FLINTSHIRE
Yes 21,119 (62.06%)
No 12,913 (37.94%)
Yes maj 8,206 (24.11%)
Electorate 115,691; Turnout 34,032 (29.42%)

CAERPHILLY
Yes 28,431 (64.35%)
No 15,751 (35.65%)
Yes maj 12,680 (28.70%)
Electorate 128,017; Turnout 44,182 (34.51%)

SWANSEA
Yes 38,496 (63.21%)
No 22,409 (36.79%)
Yes maj 16,087 (26.41%)
Electorate 185,291; Turnout 60,905 (32.87%)

BRIDGEND
Yes 25,063 (68.11%)
No 11,736 (31.89%)
Yes maj 13,327 (36.22%)
Electorate 103,342; Turnout 36,799 (35.61%)

TORFAEN
Yes 14,655 (62.78%)
No 8,688 (37.22%)
Yes maj 5,967 (25.56%)
Electorate 69,132; Turnout 23,343 (33.77%)

MONMOUTHSHIRE
Yes 12,381 (49.36%)
No 12,701 (50.64%)
No maj 320 (1.28%)
Electorate 70,074; Turnout 25,082 (35.79%)

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF
Yes 43,051 (70.71%)
No 17,834 (29.29%)
Yes maj 25,217 (41.42%)
Electorate 176,070; Turnout 60,885 (34.58%)

CARMARTHENSHIRE
Yes 42,979 (70.82%)
No 17,712 (29.18%)
Yes maj 25,267 (41.63%)
Electorate 137,012; Turnout 60,691 (44.30%)

GWYNEDD
Yes 28,200 (76.03%)
No 8,891 (23.97%)
Yes maj 19,309 (52.06%)
Electorate 85,540; Turnout 37,091 (43.36%)

CEREDIGION
Yes 16,505 (66.24%)
No 8,412 (33.76%)
Yes maj 8,093 (32.48%)
Electorate 56,647; Turnout 24,917 (43.99%)

CARDIFF
Yes 53,427 (61.39%)
No 33,606 (38.61%)
Yes maj 19,821 (22.77%)
Electorate 250,046; Turnout 87,033 (34.81%)

16:00:

Watch no campaigner Rachel Banner’s speech at ITV.com/Wales

Roger Lewis, chairman of the Yes For Wales campaign: “It is clear, the people of Wales have spoken.”

Watch yes campaigner Roger Lewis’ speech at ITV.com/Wales

15:50: Peter Hain says “Wales is walking tall”

Watch an interview with the Shadow Welsh secretary on ITV.com/Wales

15:46: So it’s all over. The yes’s have won by a resounding margin. Apologies for the blog delay – I’ve been on Twitter but web access is a little bit glitchy in places.

Watch Kirsty Williams speech at ITV.com/Wales

Watch Nick Bourne’s speech at ITV.com/Wales

Watch Ieuan Wyn Jones speech at ITV.com/Wales

Deputy First Minister and Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones said today’s result marked “the beginning of a new era of Welsh devolution – the decade to deliver for Wales”.

“To demand respect, you must first display self respect,” he said. “Today we have done just that, and the rest of the world can now sit up and take notice of the fact that our small nation, here on the western edge of the continent of Europe, has demonstrated pride in who we are, and what we all stand for.”

14:24: Monmouthshire votes No. Yes: 12,381. No: 12,701

14:10: Rumours are that Monmouthshire may be the only No vote of the day – result not in but recount has jut completed.

Elsewhere – more yes votes in from Ceredigion and Torfaen.

Ceredigion: Yes = 16,505 No = 8,412

Torfaen: Yes = 14,655 No = 8,688

13:53: Vale of Glamorgan has voted yes in the referendum.

Yes votes from Swansea, Caerphilly and Flintshire as well:

Caerphilly: Yes = 28,431 No = 15,751

Flintshire: Yes = 21,119 No = 12,913

Swansea: Yes = 38,496 No = 22,409

Vale of Glamorgan: Yes = 19,430 No = 17,551

Plaid peer Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas has spoken to our reporter Lynn Courtney – you can watch it online at ITV.com/Wales

13:46:

13:45: On Twitter David Elward says “The only indication from the count in Wales is an overwhelming wealth of apathy” Do you agree?

13:43: Meanwhile our reporter Paul brand says they’re recounting in Monmouthshire

13:38: Newport and Merthyr both vote yes:

Newport: Yes = 15,983 No = 13,204

Merthyr Tydfil: Yes = 9,136 No = 4,132

13:35: Neath Port-Talbot has voted yes – 73% of ballots cast in favour. Yes = 29,957 No = 11,079

13:27: Conwy, Powys and Pembrokeshire – all vote yes:

Conwy: Yes = 18,368 No = 12,390

Pembrokeshire: Yes = 19,600 No = 16,050

Powys: Yes = 21,072 No = 19,730

13:14: True Wales Rachel Banner is not ready to concede defeat yet but she seems pretty downbeat. She thinks the result will be closer than people believe.

Watch an interview with True Wales’ Rachel Banner

Votes in already; Blaenau Gwent, Denbighshire, Wrexham and Ynys Mon all vote yes. Unofficial reports are that Newport and Flintshire have also voted yes but we’re waiting for confirmation.

13:12: Anglesey votes yes: YES – 14,011 NO – 7,620. Ynys Mon has the highest voter turnout recorded so far at 43.8%

13:03:

Labour’s Bryn Hollywell tells our correspondent Joanna Simpson that he believes early indications favour a yes vote – with votes counted so far showing 2:1 declaring in favour of a yes vote.

ITV Wales own “eve of poll” poll earlier this week showed that of those intending to vote around 2/3rds were voting for further powers.

Watch that interview at ITV.com/Wales

13:01:

12:56:

12:53: Caerphilly result is expected soon.

12:49:

We have an interview with Yes for Wales’s Steffan Lewis; watch online at ITV.com/Wales

12:44:

Yes for Wales saying Monmouthshire has gone to a recount on twitter. An interesting indication for hown the rest of today will go.

12:43:

And Wrexham has also voted yes with a 27% turnout.

64.1% YES Vote   (17,606 votes)
35.9% NO Vote (9,863)

12:32:

12:30:

Helen Mary Jones, Plaid Cymru AM, tells BBC that Denbighshire result is “a very positive sign”.

12:26:

You can see pictures from various regional centres and the Senedd on our facebook fan page facebook.com/itvwalesnews

12:24:

12:18:

31.2% turnout announced in Cardiff

12:00: Denbighshire results in – they’ve voted yes.

11:55: A big cheer from the Yes for Wales team in the Senedd as Blaenau Gwent declare 11869 – yes to 5366 – no. Turnout is just over 32%

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11:09:

In other Welsh political news – It’s official Wales is set to lose 10 of our 40 MPs. Adrian Masters has more on his blog.

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http://twitter.com/#!/adrianmasters84/status/43625149798416384

10:39: Media has just been briefed on order of the day by Electoral Commission chair Jenny Watson.

10:08: From Our Political Editor Adrian Masters:

While we’re waiting for the first results which are expected late morning, here are some facts and figures from the Electoral Commission.

2,289,042 people were eligible to vote in this referendum. Out of that number, 372,586 people registered to vote by post.

For those of us who voted in person, there were 2,506 polling stations and 5,480 polling station staff.

Today’s focus will be on just 23 people – the 22 Counting Officers in charge of counting the votes in each council area and 1 Chief Counting Officer, Jenny Watson.

She’ll be the woman declaring the results officially in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

09:49: The buzz is that the turnout in yesterday’s referendum is very low – around 30% in many areas.

09:00: And verification of ballots has started!

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Discussion

4 thoughts on “Welsh Powers referendum count: as it happened

  1. I am very sceptical about a YES vote . Do we really want welsh AMs deciding OUR future ? What next , cut off from Westminster ? I hope not as we all NEED Westminster . Most of our funding comes from there without it we will be a lot worse off in Wales !!

    Posted by theressa bowen | March 4, 2011, 11:38 am
    • What funding!!!

      Anyone noticed the drastic cuts?

      The idiots in Westminster seem determined to run this country into the ground.

      It would be hard for the Welsh Assembly to do any worse, hopefully they will bring some sense into things wherever possible.

      Posted by Sara | March 5, 2011, 10:26 pm

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