The BBC's Lyse Doucet speaks to voters at a packed polling station in Cairo
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Egyptians are voting in their first free presidential election, 15 months after ousting Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring uprising.
Fifty million people are eligible to vote, and large queues have formed at some polling stations.
The military council which assumed presidential power in February 2011 has promised a fair vote and civilian rule.
The election pits Islamists against secularists, and revolutionaries against Mubarak-era ministers.
But the BBC's Wyre Davies, in the second city of Alexandria, says that for many people the election is not about religious dogma or party politics, but about who can put food on the table.
The frontrunners are:
- Ahmed Shafiq, a former commander of the air force and briefly prime minister during February 2011 protests
- Amr Moussa, who has served as foreign minister and head of the Arab League
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