Egyptians began voting on Monday in the first parliamentary elections since the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak.
Elections under Mubarak were marred by widespread allegations of fraud.
This vote to choose a new lower house of parliament will take place in three stages with results expected by January 13th.
Fifty million people are eligible to cast ballots.
Presidential hopeful Amr Moussa believes this is the first real benchmark of Egypt’s transition to democracy.
“I am so happy if you ask anyone here he will tell you that we are all happy. And this is the first step in realising the goal of the revolution this is it,” said Moussa as he queued to vote in central Cairo.
Voters are being asked to pick from a mixture of party lists and individual candidates.
The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, banned under Mubarak, had been predicted to do well prior to recent protests across Egypt against the country’s military rulers.
A vote to choose the upper house begins at the end of January and will be completed in March.
Parliament is then expected to pick an assembly to draft a new constitution, which will be approved by a referendum.