Countdown of Bihar legislative assembly elections may start this weekend with the Election Commission (EC) likely to announce the election schedule in the next few days.
According to indications available, the EC has already worked out details to hold elections for 243-seats in the eastern state in five phases and is likely to make a formal announcement to this regard on Saturday.
Election Commission, which is a three-member constitutional body with two election commissioners and a chief election commissioner, is unlikely to get the second election commissioner before Bihar elections. While Quraishi was promoted as the chief election commissioner on July 29 following retirement of his predecessor Navin Chawla, the government is yet to name the second election commissioner.
The Election Commission has already rejected demands for single day polling for al 243 seats and is likely to hold it in five phases to ensure better mobilisation and deployment of security forces in its bid to hold a free and fair election.
If the election schedule is announced on Saturday, polling for the first phase can be expected to be held in early October and spill over to early November so that it is concluded before the festival of lights Diwali, which falls on November 5.