Bhopal: The Election Commission of India (ECI) plans to give away the National Media Awards to media houses for conducting campaigns to educate and make voters aware of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Awards will be given separately to print and electronic media. The Election Commission has directed Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of all states to send nominations of two media houses which worked to create awareness during elections, an official release.
The Commission has also directed its award related circular dated October 9 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 October 30.
The National Media Awards will be given away on National Voters' Day on January 25, 2015, it said. The Election Commission would 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. The Election Commission has sought entries for awards in a prescribed proforma by November 15, the release said.