Egyptians cast their ballotson Wednesday in their country's first multi-candidate presidential election, but allegations of voting irregularities threatened to overshadow the vote.
Local monitors and opposition parties reported instances of pressure, intimidation or incentives by the ruling National Democratic Party at polling stations across the country.
Egypt refused to allow international monitors to observe the vote, and only allowed local monitors into polling stations two hours after voting began.
Vote counting began after the polls closed at 10pm local time (1900 UTC). Some 32 million Egyptians are registered to vote, but turnout appeared low throughout the day.
President Mubarak, who is widely expected to win a fifth term, faced nine other candidates. Only two of them -- Ayman Nour (Tomorrow Party) and Noman Gomaa (Wafd Party) -- were expected to win many votes.