The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party is set to take the most seats in the first democratic elections in Egypt for six decades.
The run-off vote is part of a phased election that will run until January, and is in turn part of a promised transition from military to civilian rule, that should be completed in July following presidential elections in June.
Voter, Samir Abdel praised the way the elections have been run: “The electoral process is very good and well organised and I hope we achieve our goal, God willing.”
The Brotherhood, which was banned during Mubarak’s 30-year rule, is looking to extend its lead over hard-line Islamists and liberal parties, as well as strengthen its hand in any struggle with the ruling army council.
Islamist parties are expected to do well as they are seen as less corrupt due to their religious principals.
The elections in the most populous Arab nation take place against a backdrop of social discontent, with the military leaders recently criticised for a brutal crackdown on protesters.