As of Tuesday, the number of applications reached 21 after three independent candidates submitted their bids, Tunis Webdo reports.
Tunisia’s liberal Prime Minister and leader of Tahya Tounes party Youssef Chahed has joined the host of other candidates.
The first task of the president elect would be to fix the economy, in turmoil since the collapse of Ben Ali’s regime in 2011.
The ISIE, electoral body will unveil August 31, the candidacies that have checked the boxes. The electoral campaign will kick-start September 2 and end September 13. The provisional results of the votes will be released September 17.
Presidential elections were advanced to September 15 following the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi, late last month at the age of 92.