Presidential poll today and tomorrow
Egyptians finally get to vote for a new president today and tomorrow with twelve candidates on the ballot paper.
An total of 50,407,226 voters will be eligible to vote for 12 candidates at 9334 election centres over the next two days to decide who will be Egypt’s next president. The contest is likely to run to a second round runoff on 16th and 17th June, with no clear frontrunner.
The three candidates who are most talked about are Ahmed Shafiq an Independent and ex general who was a prime minister in the dying days of the Mubarak regime, in some opinion polls is leading the pack. He is being closely contested by Amr Moussa, Independent, former foreign minister and head of the Arab League and Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, Independent and moderate Islamist who is a former Muslim Brotherhood senior activist.
There are twelve candidates standing and they are as follows:
Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, Independent
Amr Moussa, Independent
Hamdin Sabbahi, Dignity Party
Mohamed Mursi, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)
Muhammad Salim Al-Awwa, Independent
Ahmed Shafiq, Independent
Khalid Ali, Independent
Hisham Al-Bastawisi, National Progressive Unionist Party (Tagammu)
Abu Al-Izz Al-Hariri, Socialist Popular Alliance Party
Abdallah Al-Ashal, Authenticity Party
Mahmud Hussam, Independent
Hussam Khayrallah, Democratic Peace Party.
A total of 587,000 voters have already voted abroad with one unattributable source suggesting that Mohamed Mursi, the Freedom and Justice Party candidate received the most votes with Fotouh coming second and Hamdeen Sabbahi of the Dignity Party coming third.