Parliamentary elections have opened in Egypt nine months after the revolution that toppled the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
Security has been beefed up amid fears that the vote could be plagued by violence, AFP reported.
“It was no use to vote before. Our voices were completely irrelevant,” said Mona Abdel Moneim, one of voters.
Nevertheless, protesters in Cairo’s Liberation (Tahrir) Square still want the votes to be postponed.
Egyptian cities have been the scene of deadly clashes between government forces and protesters over the past nine days.
Protesters have been camped out in Cairo’s Liberation Square since last Saturday, calling on the military rulers of the country to hand power over to a civilian government.
The junta took the helm after Mubarak’s ouster in the February revolution.
Public anger has risen over the inaction of the ruling generals to implement promised reforms. Protesters accuse the junta of foot dragging in order to stay in power.
Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, the head of Egypt’s military council, has said that the country is “at a crossroads.”
“Either we succeed – politically, economically and socially – or the consequences will be extremely grave and we will not allow that,” Tantawi said in a Sunday statement.
Source: Press TV