Muslim Brotherhood candidate Morsi leads Egypt presidential poll

Egypt is abuzz with rumours today as results from a two-day presidential ballot are trickling in.

As expected, Mohammed Morsi, the candidate from the Muslim Brotherood, is likely to secure his spot for the second round of voting. However, The Guardian reports it remains unclear who the other contestant will be. The latest tally indicates leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahy is currently in second place behind Morsi, followed by Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq. (This is unexpected, as early exit polls had Shafiq at a safe second place).

From The Guardian:

… Sabahy jumped into second place after Ahram’s election tally added results from the port city of Alexandria where he enjoys big support, explains Jack Shenker in audio update from Cairo.

“There is a lot of confusion. We are not yet sure whether Cairo and Giza votes have yet been included in the tallies we are seeing on our computer screens.

We are getting a mixed picture [from candidate’s monitors]. Nobody knows exactly what’s happening…”

The presidential run-off is scheduled to take place on Jun. 16-17.