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More candidates than 2006

The number of candidates who will be contesting next month's House of Keys general election has reached a significant figure.

With 17 days to go to Nominations Day, when the complete line-up will be known, there are now 56 names on the list, one more than the number of people who took part in the last election in 2006.

Barring any withdrawals, it looks as if there will be contests in all the constituencies, which hasn't happened for at least 25 years.

Voters in Castletown and Michael know they will have new MHKs on September 29, following the retirement of their current, long serving representatives, but the remaining 22 outgoing members of the House of Keys are all seeking re-election.

Including candidates who were elected unopposed, 50 people contested the 2001 election, and there were 52 in 1996.

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