Egypt's Coptic Christians will vote on Monday for a new pope to succeed Pope Shenouda III, who led the Coptic Orthodox Church from more than 40 years until his death in March, dpa reported.
A council of more than 2,000 Christians will cast their vote to choose between five candidates: two bishops and three monks.
The names of three who got the highest votes will be written on separate pieces of paper and placed in a box on the altar of St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo. A blindfolded child will draw out one piece of paper on November 4.
The new pope, who will be the 118th head of the region's largest Christian minority, will be enthroned on November 18 in a ceremony in Cairo.
Pope Shenouda III died at the age of 88 in March.