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National Geographic is to air an in-depth film documenting the world’s largest democratic exercise as 900 million Indians took part in their nation’s election.
Nat Geo Indian Elections ARUNACHAL 21 May 2019
Over a six month period, the multi crew production shot in 37 locations across India, and spoke with participants at the highest echelons of the Election Commission to the booth level officer, from the top political leaders to the ground level party workers, and to voters across the generations.

As well as the voters, the Indian elections drew 11 million poll officials across one million polling booths, with 8,000 candidates fighting for victory.

The documentary team followed key political leaders on their campaign trail, along with the Election commission’s offices in Delhi, remote locations on the Indo-China border, densely populated UP and Tamil Nadu, sensitive areas of Chhattisgarh and forests of Sunderbans to cover the geographically and socio-politically diverse country.

Sunil Arora, chief election commissioner of India said: “Keeping voter convenience and simplicity at the helm of the electoral process is not only a challenging task logistically, but also an effective outreach programme to each voter. This is a testament to making the world’s largest election a success. It’s great to see a brand like National Geographic capturing the enormity of this exercise and showcasing this challenging journey to the viewers with an unbiased eye.”

National Geographic said the documentary “will premiere soon” on the Star Network  in India.

“National Geographic is excited to tell a story of democracy that is relevant to the world over,” said Gayatri Yadav, president and head-consumer strategy and Innovation, Star India.

“For the first time, viewers will get to understand the complexities and vastness of the largest democratic exercise in the world and every Indian will feel proud of being a part of this incredible journey. This mammoth exercise in logistics and planning involves implementing the model code of conduct, voter awareness activities, the largest peacetime deployment of security forces and managing mind boggling numbers which makes for a very captivating story that National Geographic is proud to bring to the world.”