Tunis, Sep 15 : As many as 26 candidates, including two women, were in fray for the second presidential polls to be held in Tunisia on Sunday.
Seven million voters were expected to cast their votes in the snap elections. The preliminary results of the first round would be announced on September 17. The second round, if needed, was scheduled to be held before November 3.
The decision to have snap elections was made due to the death of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected president, who took office in 2014, in July, as reported by BBC.
Essebsi won Tunisia's first free presidential elections in 2014 and was credited for maintaining stability in the country during his almost five-year rule.At 92, he was the oldest sitting president in the world at the time of his death. Parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur is currently acting as interim president.(UNI)