Over 15,000 candidates, running on more than 1,500 lists, are competing for 217 seats [Hassene Dridi/AP]

Tunisians head to the polls on Sunday to elect their representatives at the popular assembly, in the second such vote since the 2011 revolution.

The contest for the 217-member chamber comes three weeks after the first round of a presidential election which saw two relative outsiders garner the most ballots and advance to a run-off vote, which will take place on October 13. 

Here, Al Jazeera takes a look at the candidates and the issues on Sunday’s vote, as well as the importance of parliament to Tunisia‘s political system.

Who’s running for office?

Tunisia has 220 registered political parties, but only 10 of them are fielding candidates

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