At Last, Egypt Holds Presidential Election

Turnout expected to be high for two-day vote

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 23, 2012 7:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Long lines formed in Egypt today for what promises to be the first non-rigged election in the country's long history. Voting will take place today and tomorrow at 13,000 polling places across the country, and turnout is expected to be high. About 150,000 troops are out to guard the polls, according to the Telegraph, and so far things have been mostly calm, save for one gunfight in Cairo between supporters of rival candidates. One policeman was killed in the fight, and another person injured, the AFP reports.

Results should be announced Sunday. If none of the 13 candidates wins a simple majority, a run-off will take place June 16 and 17, according to Reuters. There's no reliable polling, but favored candidates appear to include Mubarak-era foreign minister Amr Moussa, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, and former Islamist Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, al-Jazeera reports. Some revolutionaries unhappy with those choices are boycotting the vote. But "if you boycott now, when will you participate?" asked one voter. "This is something we've never had before … an election where we don't know who will win."

Egyptian voters argue with a solider as they wait cast ballots in Basateen a southern suburb of Cario, Egypt on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Pete Muller)
An Egyptian carries his son, clad in a tiny police uniform, outside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, May 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptians hold posters showing activists who were killed during clashes following the January 25 revolution, outside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, May 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi, walks inside a polling station to cast his vote, in Zakazik, May 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)
An Egyptian military soldier tries to organize voters inside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday May 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
An Egyptian woman votes during the first day of the presidential election in a polling station in Alexandria, Egypt, Wednesday, May 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Egyptian women wearing Islamic coverings wait to enter a polling station in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria on May 23, 2012.   (Getty Images)
Egyptian men fill their ballots at a polling station in the Coptic Mensheit Nasser district in Cairo on May 23, 2012, as Egyptians vote in historic presidential elections.   (Getty Images)
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