Egyptian people are heading to polls to vote in their first opportunity to choose a new president after the downfall of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The poll, which comes 15 months after the fall of the former ruler during a popular uprising, is expected to be the most competitive presidential election in Egypt’s history.
More than 50 million people are registered to elect a new president from 12 candidates. Around 13,000 polling stations, spread across the country's 27 provinces, opened at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) and will stay operative until 8 p.m.
The first round takes place on Wednesday and Thursday with official results due out a week later. The top hopefuls are former Arab League chief Amr Moussa, Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi, independent Islamic candidate Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh and Mubarak’s last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has vowed a fair poll followed by civilian rule. The Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate swept the country's expatriates votes, securing 40 percent of the ballot.
Mursi was declared winner of the overseas ballots after the vote count in Saudi Arabia as the last constituency finished. According to the final results, at least 68443 Egyptians in Saudi Arabia voted for Mursi.