Scotland heads to the polls on Thursday following an election campaign like no other. 

The election will not only decide who runs Scotland and how the recovery from Covid-19 will be played out, but could also change the very fabric of the nation, with Scottish independence on the agenda for many parties. 

While a pro-independence majority is likely with the Greens and Alba also backing Scottish independence, a recent poll from The Herald on Sunday/BMG Research suggests the SNP is set to win a majority of seats, finishing with 68 seats. 

The same poll found independence tied at 50/50. 

The Scottish electoral system is more proportional than the system used in Westminster elections, however, which makes it harder for an overall majority to secure a majority. 

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Indeed the Scottish system is effective in making parties work in coalition or in ‘kingmaker’ agreements. 

In the previous parliament, The SNP was the biggest party with 61 seats, falling 4 short of the 65 needed to obtain a majority. 

The Scottish Conservatives had 30 with Scottish Labour, the third biggest party on 23. 

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The Scottish Parliament consists of 129 representatives elected through the Additional Member System. 

As a result, Scottish voters cast two votes, one vote for a candidate (using the traditional First past the Post system) which sees 73 MSPs elected, and one vote for the regional MSPs, with seats allocated in a more proportional way.