Presiding Officer

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 13th May 2021.

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The Presiding Officer (Ken Macintosh):

The first meeting of the sixth session of the Parliament is resumed, for the election of the Presiding Officer.

Only one nomination was received. Accordingly, as Alison Johnstone MSP was the sole nominee, the election shall proceed in accordance with temporary rule 1.12 of standing orders. Members may vote for or against the nominee, or abstain. The nominee shall be elected if a simple majority of votes in the nominee’s favour is obtained. Ballot papers should be marked with an X, before being folded. The clerks will then collect each ballot paper and place it in a ballot box.

At the end of the voting period, I shall invite any scrutineers who have been nominated by the nominee to monitor the counting of votes in room P1.02. There, clerks will empty the ballot boxes and count the votes. I will announce the result of voting when the votes have been counted and verified.

To ensure everybody’s safety, and in line with Covid-19 protocols, I ask all members to put on their face coverings now, unless they have a medical exemption.

I declare the election for the Presiding Officer open. The clerks will begin distributing the ballot papers.

Members voted by secret ballot.