Total of 32 parties will stand in May 6 elections

A total of 32 parties will take part in the May 6 elections, the Supreme Court has ruled after inspecting applications from 36 parties.

Four parties were excluded after failing to comply with the necessary legal requirements.

Nevertheless, the amount of groups taking part represents a significant increase on the 23 that participated in the October 2009 parliamentary elections.

Opinion polls indicated that as many as nine parties could enter Parliament, compared to five in 2009.