An elections monitor (seated) speaks with voters as they enter a polling center. (Photo: Matthew Bell)

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 long lines 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. Matthew Bell went to the Nile delta city of Mansoura to visit polling places and talk with Egyptian voters.

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