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Summary

  1. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR TEXT COVERAGE OF THE HOLYROOD ELECTION CAMPAIGN
  2. We bring you all the coverage of this final day of campaigning for the Holyrood election in 2016

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Election live for this campaign... now it's up to you!

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Here's the final collage from the campaign trail for Holyrood 2016

That's all from the Holyrood Election live team, but never fear you can join us again tomorrow night, from 10pm, here.

Now, it's time to start planning how you're going to follow the election results.....of course with us

BBC Scotland will be delivering comprehensive election results coverage across online, TV and radio.

We will be reporting the length and breath of the country after polls close at 22:00 on 5 May.

There will then be analysis, background, reaction and debate as we find out the outcome of each of Scotland's 73 Holyrood constituencies.

Who wins seats from the eight regional lists will also be revealed following the through-the-night counts  

BBC Scotland television coverage will be delivered overnight by Glenn Campbell, Jackie Bird and Brian Taylor
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BBC Scotland television coverage will be delivered overnight by Glenn Campbell, Jackie Bird and Brian Taylor

Digital

  • The BBC's news website will be the one-stop place to go. You will be able to keep in touch with the Scotland-wide picture on your phone, tablet, laptop, internet-enabled television and computer.
  • You'll be able to access our dedicated live page which you can also use to watch BBC One Scotland and listen to Radio Scotland.
  • You will be able to find out what is happening in your constituency, ahead of the result, and after.
  • There will be video and audio clips, picture galleries, blogs, analysis and news stories - from your area.
  • Find out the key moments and reaction to the results on social media by using #SP16 and following @BBCScotlandNews on Twitter; BBC Scotland news on Facebook and messaging app Snapchat - just look for bbcscotnews.
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Television

  • An overnight television programme, starting at 22:30 on BBC One Scotland will be presented by Glenn Campbell, Brian Taylor and Jackie Bird. It will run until 09:15 on Friday.
  • There will be news updates throughout the day including Reporting Scotland at 18:30 on Friday.

Radio

  • On BBC Radio Scotland, live coverage of the results will start at 22:00 and be brought to you by presenters Bill Whiteford and Gillian Marles.
  • Reaction to the overnight news will be reported on Good Morning Scotlandfrom 06:00 by Gary Robertson and Hayley Millar.
  • There will be regular bulletins throughout the day and a full report on the political picture will feature on Newsdrive from 16:00 with Mhairi Stuart at Holyrood and Bill Whiteford in Glasgow.

Voters are not engaged because the SNP have a huge lead polls says Lynsey Bews of the Press Association

Lynsey Bews of the Press Association tells our reporter Andrew Kerr that the voters don't seem as engaged and it is because the SNP have a huge lead in the polls and it is really a race for second place between Scottish Labour and the Scottish Conservatives. 

Lynsey Bews of the Press Association
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Lynsey Bews of the Press Association

Ms Baws says Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has been robust in her responses about who will come second and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has been very confident that it will be her party. 

She says everyone will be looking closely at the race for second place and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon's comments have been interesting warning the party against complacency and telling voters they must turn out at the polls.

Coming up on tonight's Scotland 2016...

As the  last day of campaigning comes to an end, it is now time for you to have your say in the vote.

The politicians have made their pitches and, on the eve of the poll, Scotland 2016 discusses who has run the best campaign.

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We'll also look at what opinion polls tell us about how Holyrood might look by Friday. 

And Ken McDonald's will lead us through the complexities of the voting system and how the regional vote works.

All this and more tonight from 22:30 on BBC 2 Scotland, join us then.

Iain Macwhirter addresses the issue of a campain that some say has not set the heather alight

Political commentator Iain Macwhirter asks our reporter Andrew Kerr: "What if you had an election and nobody came?"

At that point an excitable passer by seems keen to engage with the election coverage.

Political commentator Iain Macwhirter
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Political commentator Iain Macwhirter

Mr Macwhirter goes on to say: "The problem is obviously we've had too many referendums, too many elections, we had the enormous excitement and engagement of the 2014 referendum then the tsunami general election, people can't retain that kind of political engagement and interest indefinitely."  

Cameron Buttle gives us a sneak preview of BBC Scotland's election programme TV studio

BBC Scotland is getting ready to bring you its overnight election programme.

From Shetland to the Borders the results will start pouring in in the early hours of Friday morning. 

Rehearsals have been going on here in our studios in Glasgow, and Cameron Buttle has been taking a look behind the scenes.

Cameron Buttle with Glenn Campbell and Brian Taylor
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Cameron Buttle with Glenn Campbell and Brian Taylor

You can watch the programme here on our live page, which begins at 10pm.

All through the night and the next day we'll bring you comprehensive coverage of all the results, reaction and analysis of the election for the Scottish Parliament.

Or you can watch live on BBC One Scotland from 10.30pm.

Join us on our live page from 10pm tomorrow where you can watch BBC Scotland's election coverage

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Join us on our live page from 10pm tomorrow where you can watch BBC Scotland's election coverage, or watch live from 10.30pm on BBC One Scotland.

Brian Taylor says, despite a 'faintly tepid campaign', this is a significant election

BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor tells Jackie Bird: "We've become used to a political discourse that has been frankly torrid, by contrast this campaign has been faintly tepid.

"Perhaps it's because it comes in the middle of a whole series of electoral contests with a European referendum to come."

Our political editor Brian Taylor
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Our political editor Brian Taylor

"Perhaps it's because the opinion polls suggest a single outcome, an SNP victory is far and away the most likely."

"At the same time these are deeply significant elections."

Gary Tank Commander shoots again and scores as Patrick Harvie's campaign moment

Another fan of Gary Tank Commander, Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie's highlight of the campaign was the same as Kezia Dugdales.

Mr Harvie says of the interviews: "I don't think any of the party leaders are going to forget that one in a hurry." 

Gary Tank Commander and Patrick Harvie
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Gary Tank Commander and Patrick Harvie

Willie Rennie tells the truth about his campaign higlights, well nearly no porkies....

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie's campaign highlights are "the Lib Dems are back at their best and there's been great fun too"(on the campaign trail) "going down zip wires, slides at adventure parks, also some misbehaving pigs in the background and I think what it shows is the Lib Dems have energy, dynamism and we're going in the right direction".

So by popular demand here are the frolicking porkies

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Ruth Davidson loved hitting the slopes on a skiddoo

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says her favourite moment of the campaign was in the Cairngorms and getting a chance to ride a skiddoo.

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Ruth Davidson's favourite moment of the campaign was riding a skiddoo

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says her favourite moment of the campaign was in the Cairngorms and getting a chance to ride a skiddo. Ms Davidson says it reminded her of skiing trips with her school in Buckhaven, bringing back "all her yesterday's".

 She says her scariest moment of the campaign was riding a buffalo.

Coming up on this evening's Reporting Scotland..

With the last day of campaigning drawing to a close Reporting Scotland will look back at each of the party's campaigns and hear from each of them,

Business and economy editor Douglas Fraser will be looking at tax as the next elected Scottish government prepares for its new tax raising powers.

Reporting Scotland will hear from two young voters who visited the polling station for the first time during the independence referendum and will return to cast their votes tomorrow.

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Our Political Correspondent Glenn Campbell will give Cameorn Buttle a sneak preview of our election studio on tonight's programme

Our political correspondent Glenn Campbell will give Cameron Buttle a sneak preview of our election studio where we will broadcast the results live.

And finally the programme will look at the funnier moments from this election campaign.

Explosive interview technique of Gary Tank Commander wows Kezia Dugdale

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says the highlight of her campaign has been travelling the country, meeting people, community groups and businesses.

Gay Tank Commander and Kezia Dugdale
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Gay Tank Commander and Kezia Dugdale

However Ms Dugdale says meeting Gary Tank Commander was probaly the highlight for all the leaders and indeed the electorate! (Scroll down for all the encounters with Gary!) 

We asked the party leaders for their most memorable moments of the campaign... here's Nicola Sturgeon's

We asked the party leaders for their most memorable moments of the campaign and we began by asking SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon says there have been lots of fun moments for her in this campaign.

The SNP leader says: "I think probably my most bizzarre moment of the campaign was getting a selfie taken with a Shetland pony in Shetland and meeting a sheep that believed it was dog."

Nicola Sturgeon's highlight of the campaign with a Shetland pony
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Nicola Sturgeon's highlight of the campaign is this selfie with a Shetland pony

'Hiya!' Gary Tank Commander met the party leaders to discuss the election

Remember that time Gary Tank Commander used his unique political judgement to ask party leaders the burning questions that no one else would ask?

'Naw'?Well here he is....  

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Finally here's the RISE and Solidarity manifestos

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Rise unveiled its manifesto for the Holyrood election, with the left-wing alliance saying it will offer a "comprehensive prospectus for change".

Tommy Sheridan launches the Solidarity manifesto
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Tommy Sheridan launches the Solidarity manifesto

Solidarity launched its manifesto for the Holyrood election with a call for a second independence referendum to be held within the next two years.

Let's take a look at the UKIP manifesto

The front cover of the 30-page manifesto sets out in bold letters UKIP's promise to "shake up Holyrood" if the party manages to win seats in the Scottish Parliament for the first time.

Inside, the party's Scottish leader David Coburn contrasts UKIP with the "tired old establishment parties which spout the same old havers".

UKIP MEP David Coburn helped launch his party's manifesto
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UKIP MEP David Coburn helped launch his party's manifesto

UKIP is fielding a total of 26 candidates across Scotland's eight regional lists, with the party hopeful that the debate over whether or not the UK should leave the EU will translate into enough electoral support for it to win its first seats at Holyrood.  

Lets take a look back at the Scottish Greens manifesto

The Holyrood manifesto of the Scottish Greens pledged to create 200,000 jobs in oil and gas decommissioning, renewables and housing.

The Scottish Greens believe Scotland can be fairer, greener and healthier and that the Scottish Parliament can be "so much bolder" in meeting the ambitions of the people of Scotland.

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The party says its candidates have a solid track record of making a difference inside and outside Holyrood.

Lets take a look back at the Scottish Lib Dem manifesto

In his introduction, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie sets out his vision of how to "make Scotland the best again".

He argues that Scottish education, healthcare, civil liberties, climate change targets and local services were once the envy of the world, but have been allowed to stagnate.

Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie launches his party's manifesto
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Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie launches his party's manifesto

Mr Rennie also states that the five Liberal Democrats elected in 2011 "punched above their weight" over the next five years, and that electing more this time would allow the party to do "so much more".

Let's take a look back at the Scottish Conservative manifesto

Unusually for an election manifesto, Scottish Conservativeleader Ruth Davidson seems almost at pains to point out that she has no chance of winning the election and becoming first minister.

Instead, she describes the manifesto as her application for the job of providing strong opposition to the SNP - a role she says has been left vacant by Scottish Labour for the previous nine years.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson launches her manifesto
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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson launches her manifesto

Read more on the Scottish Conservative manifesto below. 

Let's take a look at the Scottish Labour manifesto

Scottish Labour described its manifesto for the Holyrood election as being a "return to the party's roots".

The manifesto opposed renewal of the Trident nuclear weapon system - subject to all existing jobs being retained - and fracking.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale launches her manifesto
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale launches her manifesto

The document was unveiled by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale in Edinburgh with just a week of campaigning left before the election on 5 May.  

Let's take a look back at the SNP manifesto

Nicola Sturgeon made a personal plea for voters to elect her as Scottish first minister as she launched the SNP's Holyrood election manifesto.

The party goes into the election on 5 May hoping to secure a third consecutive term in government.

Nicola Sturgeon launches the SNP manifesto
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Nicola Sturgeon launches the SNP manifesto

It will be the first time Ms Sturgeon has led the party in a Scottish Parliament election.

The manifesto does not include a specific pledge to hold a second referendum on independence.

But it promises to increase NHS funding by £500m more than inflation over the five years.

Nearly 14 hours until the polls open, so lets take a last look at the manifestos.....

Manifestos a plenty
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Manifestos a plenty for bed time reading, it's your last chance!

Don't worry, we are going to give you a last chance to look at them all individually.......

Here's how the party leaders tried to give their chances a lift during the campaign

The party leaders have been asked many questions by the BBC throughout the campaign.... even in our lifts!

There was no escaping the corruscating interview techniques of our Generation 2016 colleagues.

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David Coburn is the last to be pasted into Philip Sim's election photo album

Scottish Greens want to create a citizens' income with devolved welfare powers

Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman head shots with Scottish Greens logo
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On the run up to tomorrow's vote we have been looking at where the parties stand on key issues.

With new devolved benefits, worth about £2.7bn every year, heading to Scotland we look here at where the parties stand on welfare.

Here we look at where the Scottish Greens stand:

  • abolish the bedroom tax
  • create a citizens' income
  • abolish Workfare, lift the punitive sanction regime, halt the roll-out of Universal Credit and allow the Scottish Parliament to design a scheme that works with new devolved social security powers
  • set of a Social Security Commission to explore and recommend the principles on which a Scottish benefits system should be established
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Scottish Lib Dems say they will increase the rate of carers allowance to JSA level

Willie Rennie head shot with Scottish Liberal Democrats logo
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On the run up to tomorrow's vote we have been looking at where the parties stand on key issues.

With new devolved benefits, worth about £2.7bn every year, heading to Scotland we look here at where the parties stand on welfare.

Here we look at where the Scottish Lib Dems stand:

  • increase the rate of carers allowance to JSA level
  • abolish the Bedroom Tax
  • work programme and work choices to work partnership with colleges and councils
  • use the new powers to help people who are at risk of losing their job, or entitlement to other benefits, because of a mental health problem
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Willie Rennie certianly knows how to hog the limelight, as Philip Sim shows

Philip Sim

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Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie certianly knows how to hog the limelight in his efforts to avoid the chop. (No more porky puns please!)

Scottish Conservatives say they will devolve welfare powers further to local authorities

Ruth Davidson head shot with Scottish Conservatives logo
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On the run up to tomorrow's vote we have been looking at where the parties stand on key issues.

With new devolved benefits, worth about £2.7bn every year, heading to Scotland we look here at where the parties stand on welfare.

Here we take a look at what the Scottish Conservatives are proposing:

  • increase the rate of carers allowance to JSA level
  • devolve welfare powers further to local authorities
  • welfare system should be flexible and personalised
  • it should give those who can and want to work the opportunities and support to do so
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Ruth Davidson's magic moments now, according to political photo-op anorak Philip Sim

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Ruth Davidson has not been averse to using the photo-op as a weapon, but no tanks this year!

Scottish Labour say they will create Scotland's own social security agency

Kezia Dugdale head shot and Scottish Labour logo
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On the run up to tomorrow's vote we have been looking at where the parties stand on key issues.

With new devolved benefits, worth about £2.7bn every year, heading to Scotland we look here at where the parties stand on welfare.

Here we take a look at where Scottish Labour stands on welfare. 

  • create Scotland's own social security agency
  • abolish the bedroom tax
  • new employment agency in Scotland
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Here's Philip Sim's favourite moments from Kezia Dugdale's campaign

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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has not shied away from a photo op on the campaign trail.

SNP say they will abolish the bedroom tax with new powers devolved from Westminster

Nicola Sturgeon head shot with SNP logo
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On the run up to tomorrow's vote we have been looking at where the parties stand on key issues.

With new devolved benefits, worth about £2.7bn every year, heading to Scotland we look here at where the parties stand on welfare.

First up we take a look at the SNP who say they will: 

  • create a Scottish Social Security Agency
  • abolish the bedroom tax
  • end the DWP approach to disability assessments and ensure that disability payments are not reduced or means tested
  • investment of more than £200m in key measures to "make social security fairer"
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Philip Sim reflects on his favourite pics from the campaign starting with Nicola Strugeon

Philip Sim

BBC Scotland political reporter

It's the last day of the campaign and time for reflection, so lets hear from our regular contributer and master of the dark art of tweeting or twittering or whatever......Philip Sim.

First up he picks his favourite pics off Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail.

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If you missed it take another look as Ken Macdonald looks into his crystal ball at the polls

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Take another look at last night's Scotland 2016, where Ken Macdonald busted the latest in a series of electoral myths, this time looking into his crystal ball at the all important, or not, opinion polls.

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Ken Macdonald cant' predict the future but he can try....

Ruth Davidson tells her supporters in Edinburgh the Tories will finish ahead of Labour

Ruth Davidson also rallied her supporters in Edinburgh, and said she would lead the Scottish Conservatives to finish ahead of Labour in Thursday's poll.

The Scottish Conservative leader urged the new Scottish government to deliver for the "devolution generation" voting for the first time on Thursday.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson walking to a rally of supporters in Edinburgh
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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson walking to a rally of supporters in Edinburgh

She said: "They may have been born in the devolution era, but can we really say that devolution has transformed their lives to the extent it might have?

"I do not believe we can. The devolution generation deserves better."

UKIPs David Coburn has been campaigning at Longannet today...

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Speaking outside the now closed Longannet power station, UKIP's David Coburn said they were a party for jobs and business. 

Taxes here should not be higher than the rest of the U.K and Scotland is open for business he insisted.

BBC Scotland editor Sarah Smith asks why the SNP have the jitters despite their lead

Kezia Dugdale says voting for Labour can stop the cuts

Campaigning in Edinburgh, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she believed a Labour government at Holyrood could be "transformational" for Scotland.

She said: "I have three priorities for the next five years - use the new powers of our parliament to tax the richest 1% so we can invest in schools, and stop the cuts to public services.

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Kezia Dugdale on the streets of Edinburgh

"Every Labour MSP we send to Holyrood will stand for those priorities. Tomorrow, we can vote to stop the cuts."