Egyptians go to the polls in parliamentary elections amid accusations the vote could be sullied by fraud and intimidation.
Opposition groups have accused the ruling party of using heavy handed methods to suppress those against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, in power since 1981.
Egypt has rejected international election monitors claiming their presence interferes in the state’s internal affairs.
Observers say elections in the country are often marked by vote-rigging and violence.
The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s biggest opposition party, have clashed with police during the campaign and allege that as many as 1,200 of its supporters have been taken into custody.
The Muslim Brotherhood has 130 candidates running for parliament as independents as the party is banned under Egyptian law.