There is unprecedented interest in this year's elections for the Nisa-Today's holdings board on 28 November. A record 19 candidates representing a range of businesses and views within Nisa will vie for nine vacancies.

Should the four former NMA members top the poll they would join fellow NMA activists Rowan Black and Krishan Joshi, elected last year, on the board. A further seven candidates attended some of the NMA's regional meetings last year before the Costcutter deal collapsed, according to former NMA chairman Mark Proudfoot.

Also up for election are Jim Amabile and Kishor Patel who last year formed the short-lived True Nisa Members group in opposition to the NMA's tactics. Non-executive chairman Raj Chatha will put himself up again having taken up the post in April following Edwin Booth's resignation.