El Salvador is holding its presidential election on Sunday, with five candidates vying to govern the Central American country during the 2014-2019 term.

The favorites are Salvador Sanchez Ceren, of the governing leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, and Norman Quijano, of the opposition conservative ARENA party.

Some 4.9 million Salvadorans are eligible to cast ballots for the country's next president, who will take office on June 1.

The other three candidates running for the presidency are Elias Antonio Saca, who governed El Salvador from 2004 to 2009 and is on the conservative Unidad movement's ticket; Oscar Lemus, of the Fraternidad Patriota Salvadoreña party; and Rene Rodriguez, of the Partido Salvadoreño Progresista.

The polls are scheduled to close at 5:00 p.m., with preliminary results expected starting at 10:00 p.m. EFE