The Knesset will most likely declare a date for new elections next Monday, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Thursday. A range of dates being considered, between January 29 and February 12, 2013. MKs will discuss the optimum date within that range at a discussion Monday, Rivlin said.
Already before Rivlin's announcement, Labor Party head Shelly Yechimovich suggested that the elections be held on January 29, the first date in the range, in order to ensure that the country not go with a functioning active government for any longer than is absolutely necessary. According to Israel's election law, a new election needs to be held between 100 and 120 days after the Knesset declares new elections.
Israel's National Election Committee is already preparing for elections. In a statement, the group said that Israelis would be able to vote at 10,200 polling places in the coming election, about 1,000 more than in the last election. Last time, Israel spent NIS 207 million on national elections, a sum that is likely to be higher this time, the Committee said.