Egyptians began electing their president in a two-day presidential run-off amid tension on Saturday.

In what many call as the lesser of the two evils, the presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood; he faces Mubarak's ex-aide Ahmed Shafiq.

Reports from the region suggest that voters were not as enthusiastic as during the first round of elections. Some activists were even seen urging people to boycott the elections.

Whoever is chosen will become the first-ever elected president in the history of Egypt.

The Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo dissolved parliament two days ago and allowed Mubarak's man to contest the elections which provided a twist to the long tale.

Power will be handed over to the newly-elected president at the latest by 1 July, pledged the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).

The largest populated country in the Arab world will be having a new president with neither a parliament nor a constitution in place. Either Mursi or Shafiq has a mammoth task ahead of him in taking control of the country.

It is also expected that the parliament-appointed assembly to draft the constitution may be dissolved.

However, the ruling military SCAF has been constantly accused of trying to hold the reins of power even after the elections by these moves.

"This series of measures shows that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the head of the counter-revolution, is adamant to bring back the old regime and the presidential elections are merely a show," said a joint-statement released by six parties and movements in Egypt reported the BBC.

The situation looks bleak as the presidential contest narrows down to two members of extreme ideologies.

Shafiq was prime minister in the Mubarak's regime while Mursi promised to bring radical Islamist rule back in Egypt, leaving the Egyptians little to choose from. The first round of election in May witnessed candidates across a cross-section of the political spectrum ranging from secularists to moderate Islamists to radical Islamists.

"I will vote for neither the one nor the other. I don't want either of them to be my president. I feel disgusted, the revolution has been spoiled," said a frustrated 28-year-old voter, Sayyed Mohammed Ahmed, according to Reuters.

A woman shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote at a polling station in Cairo.Reuters
Supporters of former prime minister and current presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik cheer after he cast his vote at a polling station in CairoReuters
Former prime minister and current presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik leaves a polling station after casting his vote in CairoReuters
Former prime minister and current presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik casts his vote at a polling station in CairoReuters
Former prime minister and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik is surrounded by security officials as he arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in CairoReuters
Members of the Egyptian army monitor the electoral process at a military operation room in CairoReuters
An electoral worker verifies the identity of a woman before she casts her vote at at a polling station in CairoReuters
A woman casts her vote at a polling station in CairoReuters
Women shield themselves from the sun with umbrellas and newspapers as they wait in line to cast their votes at a polling station in CairoReuters
People try to get into a polling station after the gates where closed when Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik was casting his vote, in CairoReuters
Former Egyptian presidential candidate and former Arab League Secretary-General Moussa casts his vote at a polling station in CairoReuters
A man checks his ballot before casting his vote during presidential elections in Al-SharqyaReuters
Soldiers help a man as he arrives to a polling station in a school in Al-SharqyaReuters