Egyptians began voting freely on Wednesday for the first time to pick their president since the removal of former president Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak quit last year after the Jan. 25 revolution.
The president is elected for a four-year term and not more than two consecutive terms.
More than 50 million Egyptians are registered to elect a new president from 13 candidates.
Around 13,000 polling stations, spread across the country's 27 provinces opened Wednesday at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) and will close their doors at 20:00 (1800 GMT). The first round of voting takes place Wednesday and Thursday. A run-off is scheduled for June 16 and 17 if one of the 13 candidates fails to gain the 50 percent needed for victory.
The main contenders are the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Morsi, independent Islamist Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, the last Prime Minister under Mubarak Ahmad Shafiq, the former foreign minister and former head of the Arab Leagueand the Arab nationalist Hamdeen Sabbahi.
However, the most recent electoral survey showed that Moussa is running in second place. Topping the poll with 32 percent of the vote is Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh. He is followed by the former Arab League chief, who is showing a following of 28 percent, former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, currently is farther behind, with 14 percent.
On Monday, in a statement posted on its Facebook page,the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces urged Egyptians to accept the results of the election which will reflect the choice of the free Egyptian people,promising a 100% transparent vote and warned against any violation.
For his part, Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri has urged the Egyptian nation to stand together to ensure the success of the electoral process and to accept the decision of the majority of Egyptians who will express their will through the ballot boxes, Alahram daily reported.