Polling stations have opened on Sunday in the second day of the presidential election runoff, in which the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsy is competing with former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq over the top executive post in the country. Voting is taking place in 13,101 polling stations across the country under full judicial supervision and security provided by both the police and the army. The first day of the runoff witnessed scattered violations and minor incidents of violence. A lower than expected voter turnout was reported by the Presidential Elections Commission. Vote counting is expected to begin after the polls close on Sunday night, while the official and final results are to be announced on 21 June.
9:30 pm: Some media outlets have reported instances of polling stations closing before 10 pm.
Al-Watan newspaper's website said that the judge responsible for the Hasmda School polling station in Sohag announced the station's results, saying that Mohamed Morsy received 831 votes and Ahmed Shafiq got 136 votes.
State-run news agency MENA reported that the judges in charge of a polling station in the working class neighborhood of Dar al-Salam in Cairo began counting while people were still casting ballots in order to save time.
8:00 pm: Text messages have been circulating claiming that Morsy is in the lead and urging people to head to the polls and vote for Shafiq in the last two hours of voting.
7:30 pm: Polling stations were closed in the Bir al-Abd village in North Sinai after clashes between Shafiq and Morsy supporters.
The supporters hit and threw stones at each other, resulting in one injury. A man whose car was damaged during the fighting fired into the air to disperse the crowd.
6:00 pm: Maher al-Beheiry, the vice president of the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC), said voter turnout has reached 40 percent as of Sunday evening, Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr reported.
Election monitors have said that turnout seemed lower during Saturday and Sunday's runoff than during the first round of voting on 23 and 24 May. 46 percent of Egypt's 50 million eligible voters took part in the first round, or around 23 million people out of Egypt's population of 82 million.
The PEC's estimated turnout in the runoff is higher than what activists observing the election and the Muslim Brotherhood have projected. On Saturday, members of the Lawyers Syndicate who volunteered to observe the election said turnout did not exceed 20 percent.
Monitors say that polling stations tend to witness a surge in voters during the evening.
5:00 pm: The PEC has decided to extend voting hours until 10 pm in order to attract more voters, MENA reported.
Officials at the elections commission say that the extension is meant to encourage citizens to vote at night when the temperature is lower.
Images from state TV and private satellite channels show that polling stations were almost empty at noon.
Most of Egypt has been very hot on Sunday, with the temperature reaching 38C in Cairo. It is hotter in the southern part of the country, where it is 44C in Aswan.
On Saturday, the commission, headed by Supreme Constitutional Court Judge Farouk Sultan, extended voting until 9 pm.