Around fifty million people are eligible to vote today, in election that sees Islamists, secularists, revolutionaries and former Mubarack ministers all standing for election.
The forerunners in the presidential race are: Ahmed Shafiq, who was briefly prime minister during last February’s protests; head of the Arab League Amr Moussa; Mohammed Mursi, who heads Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party; and an independent Islamist candidate, Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh.
Queues have already begun forming at many of the polling stations.
Despite citizens’ visible excitement and being able to vote, many in Egypt are concerned that unrest will follow the result, as it is not clear what powers the new president will have.
Earlier in the week, The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, who assumed power following the fall of Mubarak, said on Monday, "It is important that we all accept the election results, which will reflect the free choice of the Egyptian people, bearing in mind that Egypt's democratic process is taking its first step and we all must contribute to its success.”
Hosni Mubarak held power in Egypt for 30 years, before resigning last February as the Arab Spring spread worldwide. Mubarak is currently on trial for his alleged role in the death of protestors. A verdict is due on June 2nd.