Egyptians are voting on Tuesday in the third and final day of presidential elections as incumbent President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi is widely expected to win a third term in office.
The election this year is overshadowed by the war in Gaza and a severe domestic economic crisis.
For weeks before the elections, authorities have urged people through local media to vote en masse, amid fears of a low voter turnout.
On Sunday, the election commission said that voter turnout was high and “exceeded all expectations.”
Voting kicks off at 9 am (0700 GMT) on Tuesday across Egypt and runs for 12 hours.
Final official results are expected to be announced on December 18.
Besides Mr al-Sissi, three other candidates are running for office.
In 2013, the army led by al-Sissi deposed Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s democratically elected but divisive Islamist president.
Mr Al-Sissi was elected in 2014 and 2018, and both times he achieved a landslide victory.
The general-turned-president’s backers see him as a guarantee of stability amid regional turmoil.
His critics, however, blamed him for the deteriorating economic situation and lack of freedoms.