As it happened: Egypt presidential election

Key points

  • Egyptians voted for a second day in the first free presidential election in their country's history, 15 months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted.
  • Polls opened at 08:00 (06:00 GMT) and voting time was extended until 21:00 (19:00 GMT).
  • Thirteen candidates are standing 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.
  • All times GMT.

Live text


  • Jastinder Khera 

Last updated 24 May 2012


Welcome to the second day of the BBC's live coverage of Egypt's historic presidential elections. Polls opened at 08:00 (06:00 GMT) Come back to this page throughout the day for live updates.


Jon Leyne, BBC Middle East correspondent

Voters streamed to the polls with enthusiasm on the first day. It was a day remarkably free of incident. Protestors barracked the presidential candidate and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq when he voted in a Cairo suburb. But apart from that, almost no trouble was reported across Egypt. Some voters, who have learned from the experience of the parliamentary elections, may be waiting for the second day of polling, in order to skip the crowds.


Ramy Raoof, blogger and activist

tweets: I got to the polling station I'm going to vote at in Nasr City (a suburb of Cairo) about an hour ago and found an orderly queue stretching around the walls


The government has made Thursday a public holiday, partly to allow public sector employees time to cast their ballots. On Wednesday, voting was extended by an hour to 21:00 (19:00 GMT) to cater for queues at a number of polling stations, but there has been no word on whether the same will happen today.


There are few indications of who is ahead after the first day's voting. Thirteen candidates are standing in this round, with a run-off to be held on 16 and 17 June if no one of them wins more than 50% of the vote. You can find out more about the candidates in BBC Online's profiles of them.


There are mixed reports of turnout; while reports from some regions indicate a slow start, blogger Zeinobia says that in polling stations she has been to around Cairo, "turnout is noticeably higher compared to yesterday". She suggests that even where it is getting off to a slow start, more people may arrive in the afternoon and early evening, as happened yesterday.


Egyptian journalist Lina El Wardani

tweets: The navy here in Alexandria is strict not allowing photos or mentioning names of candidates at some polling stations #egypreselex


Paul Danahar, BBC Middle East bureau chief

tweets: Front page of #Egyptian Gazette. They are but they should probably hurry up.

Front page of the Egyptian Gazette


Mohammed Amran, the head of the Egyptian Stock Exchange, denies that the exchange will be closed today, despite the decision to make today an official paid holiday for civil servants.