"Elections of Egyptian expatriates will be held on March 16-18", NEA Chief Lashin Ibrahim said in a press conference.
Once appeals by rejected candidates are settled, "the final list of candidate names and their symbols will be announced and published in the official gazette and Al-Ahram and Al-Akhbar newspapers" on February 24, he said.
"Following my monitoring to what is realistically happening, I've realized that I am not the right person to administrate the state in the upcoming period".
The NEC said on Monday that a run-off is set for between April 24 to April 26 if needed.
The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on March 29, while the final results of the first round will be stated on April 2 after reviewing any appeals presented.
It will be Egypt's third election since the 2011 uprising which ended strongman Hosni Mubarak's long rule.
In November, Shafiq told Reuters that he intends to run for president in the upcoming presidential elections.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has not yet formally announced his candidacy for the 2018 elections, but he is widely expected to do so and to earn a landslide victory due to the absence of competitive challengers.
The 2018 elections are the first to be supervised by the recently-established NEA, an independent authority with the sole responsibility of supervising general elections and referendums in Egypt.
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