The inhabitants of Scotland elect a new parliament on Thursday. The polling process is also seen as a poll among the population on whether or not to organise an independence referendum.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeons Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) hopes for an absolute majority of the seats so that a new referendum on the independence of the United Kingdom can be called for in London. The British Government must authorise such a popular consultation, which British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not expected to do.
According to the latest polls, the SNP is heading for an election gain, but it is not yet clear whether the party will receive an absolute majority of the seats. The nationalists may be able to cooperate with the Scottish Greens. That party is also in favour of independence and, according to the polls, has ten seats, which is enough for a majority. However, according to experts, SNP stands stronger in London if the party in parliament itself constitutes an absolute majority.
The last time the SNP gained a majority of 129 seats in parliament was in 2011, and the party succeeded in putting pressure on the then British Prime Minister David Cameron so that an independence referendum could be held. 55 percent of Scottish population indicated in 2014 that they want to stay with the UK. Following Johnson, the matter is settled.
In the previous elections, the votes were counted after the closure of the polling stations, but due to the coronapandemic, this is only a day later. The results will be published on Friday and Saturday.