This is expected to be the most free and fair election in Egypt for decades. A real sign of change for the people who endured life under the rule of Hosni Mubarak for the last thirty years.
During his time in office there were some notional elections, but turnout was very low and the result was always predermined.
People are now keen to push on with real democracy. Euronews spoke to people at the poling booths to find out their reasons for voting, one woman said:
“Our daily life is working very well since the revolution, everything is well organised and people are motivated to vote, to choose the right person for the right position. We hope God will help us.”
While a man outside a polling station said:
“This is really an historic day for our country because this democratic election of the president has never happened before. The election in itself is very well organised, I haven’t seen any problems.”
No candidate is expected to win an outright majority in the first vote, so a run-off between the top two is expected in June, with the ruling military council set to hand over power at the beginning of July.