On May 23-24, 2012, Egyptians went to the polls to participate in round one of voting to elect the country’s first president since the toppling of its autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak, on February 11, 2011. The following photo essay from Muftah staff writer, Nancy Elshami, captures the atmosphere during and after the elections.
Voting in the first round of the Egyptian presidential elections took place on May 23-24, 2012. This is one of the polling stations in Alexandria, Egypt. Each station had a separate queue for men and women. The voter turnout for the elections was much lower than expected, with only about 42% participation, whereas participation during the parliamentary elections was over 60%. Final results of the first round brought Mohamed Morsy and Ahmed Shafik to the runoff, each getting about 25% of the vote with Morsy enjoying less than a 1% advantage.