The Ghanaian Immigration Service (GIS) has disqualified candidates with bleached skin and stretch marks from a massive recruitment exercise.

An immigration spokesman, Superintendent Michael Amoako-Attah said this is because people with such marks might bleed during the strenuous training.

Those with tattoos, dreadlocks and bow legs were also disqualified from the exercise.

Some Ghanaians have condemned the bar as sexist and unfair.

The GIS received some 84 000 applications for just 500 jobs.

Candidates must undergo a medical and a full body check as part of the recruitment process.

Ghanaians also reacted angrily when the agency revealed it was only recruiting 500 people, after some 84 000 people had paid an equivalent of US$11 each for an application form.