28 May 2012

A record number of candidates confirmed for PNG election

3:50 pm on 28 May 2012

Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commission has confirmed that the final number of candidates standing for next month's election is 3435, the highest number in any PNG election to date.

They will contest 111 parliamentary seats, including 22 provincial and 89 open seats.

Among this final confirmed number are a record 135 women, up from 101 in the 2007 election.

Enga is the only province not standing a female candidate.