Egyptians Go to Polls in Presidential Election

Today is the historical day for Egyptians as Arab world’s first competitive presidential election started after weeks of revolution to replace Hosni Mubarak from autocratic rule.

A massive urging scene has drawn at the Polling stations that opened at 08:00am. People have already in queues at early morning outside voting stations where police and army officers were deployed.

In case of any problems during polling, People can call 19303 and ask for security.

“I hope the election would pass peacefully. And I call on all political forces to accept the result,” Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri said in a statement.

Around 52 millions voters have been called to choose their president from 12 candidates, Islamists, secularists and revolutionaries, in the two-day elections in 13,000 polling stations nationwide.

If there is tie between two or no one gets an absolute majority, the top two vote-getters go in a runoff on June 16 and 17 and then finalist will become Egypt’s first post-Mubarak president and will take office before July 1.

Over 350 Judges have deployed for Egypt Movement and 1,500 observers to monitor the process. It has been said that 9,457 observers from 53 various human rights groups would be present at the polling stations where voter to cast their ballots, while four or five are seen as plausible contenders.

Two major candidates, participating in Presidential poll, had top positions under Hosni Mubarak . These are former foreign minister and Arab League chief Amr Mussa and the former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.

The Independent Islamist Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh has also contested the election, while Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood has also stood to test his fate.

Beside this, there have been no permanent constitution that set the president’s duties and powers and also it has been crucial for voters to choose a leader who perform in a move to replace the country’s current military rulers and turned the Parliament with power.


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