As it happened: Egypt presidential election

Key points

  • Egyptians are voting in the first free presidential election in their country's history, 15 months after president Hosni Mubarak was ousted.
  • BBC correspondents say the atmosphere has been calm but election monitors have reported a few irregularities.
  • Polling times extended by one hour until 21:00 (19:00 GMT).
  • Thirteen candidates including Islamists, leftists and former government ministers.
  • Counting due to finish on Saturday with results expected on 29 May.
  • A run-off will be held on 16 and 17 June if no-one wins 50% of the vote.

Live text


  • David Gritten 
  • Jastinder Khera 

Last updated 23 May 2012

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