23 May 2012

Egypt: Voting Begins in First Free Elections After January Revolution

Photo: D. Hakes/ The Carter Center
Former U.S. President Carter watches as poll workers check a voter's ID.

Egypt's polling centres opened their doors for voters at 8 am on Wednesday in the country's first free presidential elections after the January 25 revolution toppled President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Elections will take place on May 23 and 24 under full judicial supervision and international monitoring.

The 13 candidates competing in the race are Abul Ezz Al-Hariri, Ahmed Shafiq, Hossam Khairallah, Hamdeen Sabbahi, Khaled Ali, Abdullah Al-Ash'al, Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, Amr Moussa, Mohamed Selim Al-Awa, Mohamed Fawzi Eissa, Mohamed Mursi, Mahmoud Hossam and Hisham Al-Bastawisi.

50 million, 524 thousand and 993 Egyptians are eligible, registered voters.

Runoffs are bound to take place on June 16 and 17 if no candidate obtains more than 50 percent of all votes in the first round.

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