It was announced that AKB48 will be holding their annual popularity contest aka General Elections.
As usual, the top 16 members from AKB48/NMB48/SKE48/HKT48 will form the lineup for the title track of the group’s 37th single (to be released in August), and appear on TV, magazines etc for promotions. Those interested in participating will have to nominate themselves in order become an official candidate.
However, there are a few changes to the election rules this year.
1. Instead of 64 senbatsu spots ,80 spots will be open this year. Those ranked 17th and below will sing the coupling songs for the 37th single.
• 1st ~ 16th : 37th single Senbatsu members
• 17th ~ 32nd : Under Girls
• 33rd ~ 48th : Next Girls
• 49th ~ 64th : Future Girls
• 65th ~ 80th : Upcoming Girls
2. Graduated members will no longer be allowed to participate.
• Tomochin, Mariko sama, Acchan, Yuko etc.
3. Special members who are qualified to participate:
• Nakagawa Haruka (JKT48)
• Chikano Rika (JKT48)
• Ikoma Rina (NGK46/AKB48)
The reception desk period for the candidacy will be from March 31 at 4:30 pm ~ April 6 at 11:00 pm. Until then, we can expect to see the girls declaring their intentions to run/withdraw/even graduate via google+ announcements.
Fans can vote for the members after that by purchasing AKB48’s 36th single (currently untitled) which will go on sale on May 21. The voting for the election will begin on May 20 at 10:00 am, until on June 6 at 3:00 pm (JST).
The results of the voting will be unveiled at Ajinomoto Stadium on June 7.
It has only been a few days, but some members have already declared their ambitions to run for elections, including Yamamoto Sayaka and Sashihara Rino (who seems to be contradicting her words from last year). SKE48 member Tomoko Kato is pulling out to concentrate on solo activities whilst Takayanagi Akane is sitting on the fence, probably waiting for a big push from her fans.
If you’re wondering who Yuna is rooting for, of cos it’s Mayuyu! I am actually visiting Tokyo in some months, hopefully i can see drop by their theater and catch their live show!
Who are you rooting for and will you be voting?