Egyptians headed to the polls Monday (March 26th) in a presidential election to choose between incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and contender Moussa Mostafa Moussa, AFP reported.
Polling stations opened at 9 a.m. for the three-day vote, in which al-Sisi is expected to win a second four-year term.
The president was among the first voters, shown on Egyptian television casting his ballot at a school in Cairo's Heliopolis district under tight security.
Voters turned up early at polling stations and queued to cast their votes. Outside some stations, musical troupes showed up to celebrate the election.
Security forces were deployed across the country to protect polling booths and armoured vehicles were stationed at several points around Cairo.
"Nothing will scare the Egyptian people. Not terrorism or anything else," Prime Minister Sherif Ismail told state television after casting his vote.
The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) has threatened attacks on election infrastructure.
Some 60 million in Egypt are registered to vote. Official results are expected on April 2nd.