After last year's low sabbatical election turnout was blamed partly on the limited choice of just two presidential candidates, this year looks set to give a rather more keenly-fought contest, with no fewer than five candidates for the top job, and sixteen candidates in total.
The five presidential candidates competing for students' electronic votes are James Devine, Sameena Misbahuddin, Morten Olesen, Simon Rawson and Colin Smith, along with New Election.
The post of Deputy President (Finance and Services) is also more highly-contested, with three candidates compared to last year's two: they are Robin Avery, Edward Piggott and Timothy Weinert-Aplin, as well as New Election.
The other two Deputy Presidents, "Clubs and Societies" and "Education and Welfare," however, have just two candidates each compared to four apiece last year: fighting New Election for those posts are Simon Matthews and James Thatcher, and Aleksandra Corr and Sarah Khatib, respectively.
Finally, the field for Felix Editor is also marginally wider than last year, with four candidates as well as New Election: Simon Clark, Rupert Neate, Darius Nikbin and Martin Smith.
Manifestos are now available from the Live! homepage.
Hustings will take place next week, at South Kensington on Monday (February 7th) evening at 7pm in Da Vincis and Thursday (10th) lunchtime, at Silwood Park on Tuesday (8th) evening and at Wye JCR on Wednesday (9th) evening. Exact times and locations have yet to be confirmed.
Voting, taking place online with the system used for this year's ordinary member elections and Faculty Union by-elections, is open from Friday 11th until Tuesday 15th and (barring any delays and/or farcicalities) candidates' nail-biting wait should be brought to an end with the announcement of results at 7pm in dBs on Wednesday 16th February.