Egypt to hold 2018 presidential elections in March

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. Candidates must declare between January 20-29, he said, hailing the vote as a testament to democracy. The runoff will be held April 24-26 if no candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote.

However, in the case of a run off, a second round of voting will be held on April 19, 20, and 21 for expats overseas and on 24, 25, and 26 April for voters within Egypt.

Although he has yet to formally announce his candidacy for the 2018 election, Sisi is widely expected to do so and to earn a landslide victory due to the absence of competitive challengers in the presidential bid.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took office in mid-2014, a year after he led the ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against Morsi's one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The upcoming presidential elections are Egypt's third since the January 25 uprising.

In November, Ali announced his intention to stand again in 2018.

Election proceedings are to begin no later than 120 days before the end date of the current presidential term on June 7, 2018, and results will be announced no later than 30 days before the end of the current presidential term. Mr Ali allegedly made an improper gesture while celebrating his successful challenge of a government decision to transfer control of two Red Sea islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.

Konsowa's lawyer said his client was given the sentence for stating political opinions while still a serving officer, even though Konsowa said he had been trying to resign from the military for more than three years.

Ibrahim urged all those who meet the requirements to submit their candidacy to the NEA, and called on all Egyptians to go to the polls.

Vanessa Coleman