Nabil Baffoun, head of Tunisia’s electoral authority, says nominees must submit their candidacy between August 2 and 9 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu]

Tunisia‘s presidential election will be held on September 15, the North African country’s electoral body has announced, rejecting calls to postpone the vote after the death of ailing leader Beji Caid Essebsi.

Nabil Baffoun, the electoral body’s chief, told a news conference late on Tuesday that potential nominees must submit their candidacy between August 2 and August 9.

The campaigning period will run from September 2 to September 13, and the results of the vote will be announced two days after the polls, he said.

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent, a second round will be held no later than November

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