33 candidates will contest for the Gazelle Open seat in East New Britain Province following the close of nominations last Thursday.
Gazelle Open Returning Officer John Wartovo said the 33 includes 30 males and 3 females, adding the order of draw has also been done.
“14 candidates are endorsed by political parties and 19 are running as independent,” Mr Wartovo said.
Sitting MP Jelta Wong is running under United Resource Party while former MP Malakai Tabar is running under the National Alliance Party.
Meanwhile he said campaign activities have kicked started in the electorate and so far no major incidence has been reported.