Cairo: A policeman was shot dead when trying to mediate a quarrel during the ongoing Presidential Election in Egypt, official MENA news agency reported.
Millions of Egyptians queued outside polling stations and cast ballots to pick their first post-Mubarak president today, in what marks the culmination of a mass uprising that uprooted an entrenched autocratic ruler and inspired millions across the Arab world.
The two-day exercise kicked off this morning amid tight security and is the final phase of a tumultuous transition overseen by the increasingly unpopular ruling military council.
The historic Presidential Election is being contested by candidates with both Islamist and secularist leanings who have promised radically different futures for the country.
A total of 13 contenders are in the fray but the race boils down to five major names.
Two figures of the former regime --former foreign minister Amr Moussa and former prime minister Ahmad Shafiq, are up against two Islamists -- Mohamad Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Brotherhood-defect Abd-al-Munim Abul Futtuh, and leftist front-runner Hamadin Sabahi.
If no candidate gets an absolute majority, the top two vote-getters would compete in a run-off on June 16 and 17. The winner of the run-off would become Egypt`s first post-Mubarak era president and will take office before July 01.
The elections are being conducted under full judicial supervision and international monitors have arrived to observe the transparency of the process.
(With Agencies’ inputs)