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EC to confer awards to media for creating electoral awareness

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NEW DELHI: National Media Awards will be presented to media houses for conducting campaigns to educate and make voters aware of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Announcing this, the Election Commission of India asked for entries by 15 November and said the awards will be presented on 25 January, the National Voters Day.

Awards will be given separately to print and electronic media. The Commission has directed Chief Electoral Officers of all states to send nominations of two media houses, which worked to create awareness during elections.

The Commission has directed its award related circular to be uploaded to the Chief Electoral Officer's website. Media houses may also send their nominations directly to the Election Commission, it said.

A jury constituted by the Election Commission will consider nominations, which should reach it along with the states CEOs' recommendation by 30 October.

The Election Commission will also award civil society organisations for outstanding campaigning to create voter awareness. Civil societies extending maximum co-operation to the Chief Electoral Officer's office may be nominated for this award.

Written recommendation of Chief Electoral Officer or District Election Officer should accompany every nomination, it said. Self-nomination would not be considered.

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