On Wednesday, Egyptians will head to the polls to vote for their president in Egypt's Presidential Election, the first in their modern history.
The importance of the moment cannot be overstated. After suffering under an iron clad dictatorship for the past 30 years, Egyptians ousted former President Hosni Mubarak in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution last February, and now head to the polls to select their next leader.
Since the Revolution, the country has been governed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or the Army, which set specific rules for who is allowed to run as a candidate for president in the election.
There are 13 candidates vying for power in the elections, although the contest has become a showdown between two different camps: those loyal to Mubarak's old regime (Felool in Arabic) and those loyal to the country's largest Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood. Two front-runners have emerged from early polling results: Amr Moussa, who served as Foreign Minister under Mubarak from 1991 to 2001 as well as secretary of the Arab League from 2001 until 2011, and Dr. Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, who is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood (who relinquished his support in 2011). Still, other contenders, like Mohamed Morsy, official representative of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party," could make a strong showing.
For a complete guide to the Egyptian presidential contenders see here.
PolicyMic will be covering the Egyptian presidential elections live. Voting is scheduled to take place over the course of May 23-24th, and results in the first round of voting will be released on June 3rd. If needed, the second round run-off election is scheduled for June 16-17. For real-time updates, refresh this page.
5/28, 5:08 PM: Shafiq campaign headquarters set on fire in Cairo; police arrest some individuals suspected of starting the fire.
5/26, 9:48 AM: As Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood readies to host losing presidential candidates in a meeting to gain support for its candidate Mohammed Morsi, a spokesman for the Islamist group urged the 10 other candidates to "save the revolution.”
Meanwhile, at a Saturday news conference, Shafiq pledged there would be “no going back” to the old regime. He served as former President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister before Mr. Mubarak lost power in last year's pro-democracy protests.
5/25, 5:00 PM: Aboul Fotouh says that he has begun working towards the goal of confronting the "corrupt elements" of Egyptian society. He says, "I am starting to make the necessary phone calls to set up meetings with all political forces so we can unite our efforts in facing the corrupt regime."
5/25, 4:16 PM: "Anyone who was a revolutionary in this campaign must now regroup and get back to working on how to make sure Shafiq does not win." Reflections like this and more from members of the Aboul Fotouh campaign here.
5/25, 12:53 PM: Tabulated results (all governorates) as reported by citizen-led unofficial effort thanks to Iyad El-Baghdadi give Morsi 25.5%, Shafiq 24.4%, Sabbahi 21.3%, Aboul Fotouh 17.9%, and Moussa 10.9%.
5/25, 5:17 AM: Interactive map breaking down regional results from first-round of presidential elections thus far.
5/25, 12:26 AM: Latest citizen-led unofficial tabulation by Iyad El-Baghdadi takes 10.31 million votes into consideration and gives Morsi 27.82%, Shafiq 21.43%, Aboul Fotouh 20.40%, Sabbahi 17.9%, and Moussa 12.46%. Around half of Egyptian votes have yet to be tabulated and announced, but predictions begin to flood social media. Some Twitter users start to grumble and express fear on what could potentially be a Morsi versus Shafiq second-round.
5/24, 11:29 PM: According to results from 6661 districts (as announced by the Brotherhood's FJP), Morsi has 30.8%, Shafiq 22.3%, Sabbahi 20%, Aboul Fotouh 17%, and Moussa 11%.
5/24, 9:43 PM: Vote counting continues through the night (photo via Al-Jazeera English)
5/24, 8:33 PM:
5/24, 7:51 PM: Results from 678 polling stations according to FJP reporting, give Morsi 35.5%, Shafiq 22.2%, Aboul Fotouh 16.7%, Sabbahi 11.5%, and Moussa 11.4%.
5/24, 7:04 PM: Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party releases results from 236 polling stations across the nation (out of over 13,000): Morsi with 55,698, Shafiq with 33,139, Aboul Fotouh with 24,882, Moussa with 16,913, and Sabbahi with 12,460. The FJP also announces that voter turnout was 50%. Ahram suggests that Morsi is slightly in the lead but too early to tell how counts will evolve.
5/24, 9:49 AM: Shayfeencom Movement produces a humorous video in Arabic teaching voters about voter fraud and illegal voting practices. The video is below and an English summary of the content can be accessed here.
5/24, 5:00 AM: Voter turnout this morning remains relatively low. The government announces that the sorting of ballots will begin today evening after the closure of polling stations. Turnout is expected to increase in the afternoon as occurred yesterday.
5/23, 12:23 PM: Three polling stations in Bani Suef allegedly closed after clashes between Morsi and Aboul Fotouh supporters. Voters in Kafr El-Sheikh allegedly receive LE150 and a meal for voting for Moussa.
5/23, 8:00 AM: (Translation of tweet below) A BBC reporter asks a woman waiting in line to vote how long she has been waiting and she responds with a wide smile and says "...for thirty years."
5/23, 7:25 AM: Presidential candidate Amr Moussa after voting
5/22, 11:24 PM: Google welcomes the start to Egypt's elections with a doodle.
"A police officer at the El-Seka club polling station in Nasr City is campaigning for Ahmed Shafiq, but the presiding judge has refused to take any action against him, not even just to kick him out of the building."