Political parties in Guyana on Friday nominated candidates for the 65-member National Assembly as well as regional councils ahead of the March 2 elections.
A carnival type atmosphere greeted candidates as the 19 political parties presented their list to the Guyana Election Commission.
Some of the smaller parties indicated that for strategic reasons they were not contesting all the seats.
President David Granger, will be leading the ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity.
The main challenge is expected to come from the People's Progressive Party/Civic.
Robert Badal, who is leading the newly formed Change Guyana into the elections, has called for a presidential debate, saying that voters need to know the positions of the candidates given that Guyana has come into significant wealth as a result of recent oil discoveries.