09/16/2011 04:11 EDT | Updated 11/16/2011 05:12 EST

Liberals and Tories only parties to run full slate in P.E.I. election

CHARLOTTETOWN - Only two of the five political parties on Prince Edward Island are running a full slate of candidates in next month's provincial election.

Both the Liberals and Conservatives had 27 candidates registered by the deadline for nominations.

The Green party is fielding 22 candidates, while the New Democrats have 14 and the new Island party is running 12.

Arthur MacKenzie is the only independent who will appear on the ballot Oct. 3.

At dissolution, the Liberals under Premier Robert Ghiz held 24 of the 27 seats in the Island legislature, while the Conservatives had two and there was one vacancy.