National Film Awards to be given after general elections
The winners of the 66th National Film Awards will be declared after the conclusion of the general elections, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has announced.
A press release from the Ministry on Wednesday stated that “since the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in force, which facilitates level playing field to all political parties and the candidates and inter alia seeks to ensure that the power of media is not used in such a manner which affects the general conduct and level playing field during the election process, it has been decided to declare the awards after the election process is over and the MCC concludes.”
Every year the winners of the awards — organized and presented by the Directorate of Film Festivals — are announced in the month of April and the presentation ceremony is held on the designated date, May 3.
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Unlike this year, during the 2014 general elections, the 61st National Film Awards were announced as per schedule, on April 16, 2014, and were presented on May 3, 2014.