Among them were 49 females.
Eight hundred and eighteen of these candidates are contesting as independent while 502 were affiliated to a party.
Eastern Highlands Province tops the list of candidates contesting with 396, followed by Chimbu (320), Enga (162), Jiwaka (136), Southern Highlands (117), Western Highlands (117) and Hela (92).
The lowest number of candidates contesting is from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s electorate.
It has only 10 candidates putting their hand up to challenge the Prime Minister and leader of the People’s National Congress party.