Polls open in historic Egyptian vote
23 May 2012, 09:33
Cairo - Polling stations opened across Egypt on
Wednesday for the historic first presidential poll since a popular
uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak, capping a tumultuous transition from
Before the polls opened at 08:00, queues had
already begun to form outside voting stations where police and army
officers were stationed to secure the process.
"It's a beautiful
day for Egypt," said Nehmedo Abdel Hadi, who was voting at the Omar
Markram school in Cairo's Shubra neighbourhood.
More than 50
million eligible voters have been called to cast their ballots in a
contest that pits Islamists against secularists and revolutionaries
against members of Mubarak's regime.
Twelve candidates are running in the election that takes place over two days in 13 000 polling stations nationwide.
main contenders are former foreign minister and Arab League chief Amr
Mussa; Ahmed Shafiq, the last premier to serve under Mubarak; the Muslim
Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi; independent Islamist Abdel Moneim Abul
Fotouh and Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi.