Presiding Officer

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

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The Presiding Officer:

Voting in the election for the Presiding Officer is closed. The clerks will take the ballot boxes to P1.02. I invite any scrutineers appointed by the candidate to make their way to P1.02 to observe the counting of ballot papers, while maintaining social distancing.

Members may now remove their face coverings.

In the election for the Presiding Officer, there was one nominee: Alison Johnstone MSP. The votes were cast as follows: For 97, Against 28, Abstentions 2. There was one spoiled paper. Alison Johnstone is therefore duly elected as Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. [

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May I be the first to offer Alison Johnstone my warmest congratulations? Our newly elected Presiding Officer is one of the members who are currently sitting in the main hall of the Parliament. I therefore ask her to make her way to the debating chamber and to take her place in the chair for the remainder of the meeting. [

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