Hello and welcome to our live coverage of events in Egypt, where election officials are expected to announce the delayed results of the presidential run-off election held last weekend. Tension is running high, amid fears of more political violence sparked by the result. Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq have both claimed victory. We'll be bringing you updates as they happen, live video, insight from our correspondents in the field as well as a selection of tweets, emails, and pictures from key players, experts and members of the public.
1158 Kevin Connolly, BBC Middle East correspondent
says it is fiercely hot in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Young men move through the growing crowd flicking water from bottles onto protestors or spraying it from backpacks. The cooling effect is welcome but brief.
Shops in Cairo have been closing early and people are hurrying to their homes to watch the decisive news conference from the election commission, which is expected to announce the result at 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
1211 Lyse Doucet, BBC chief international correspondent
says the presidential announcement is unlikely to defuse tensions because there is an existing sit-in protest in Tahrir Square by people calling on Egypt's ruling generals to revoke the sweeping new powers they gave themselves last week after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the Islamist-dominated parliament should be dissolved.
1223 Kevin Connolly, BBC Middle East correspondent
says Egyptian state TV is warning that the announcement of the name of the new president may be preceded by an hour and a half long adjudication of every complaint of irregularities in the voting. A long hot afternoon in the square just got a bit longer, he adds.
This picture from Cairo-based political analyst Elijah Zarwan apparently shows gridlock in Cairo as people head home to watch the election announcement.
Serge in Egypt emails: Rarely through the course of history has been a nation so polarised by a single event, without reaching the fevered pitch of a civil war