As many of you know already, this is AKB48 group's annual big event.
For this year's election, a total of 80 members who can participate in AKB48's 41st single (to be released in August) will be selected by fans;
� 1st ~ 16th : 41st single Senbatsu members
� 17th ~ 32nd : Under Girls
� 33rd ~ 48th : Next Girls
� 49th ~ 64th : Future Girls
� 65th ~ 80th : Upcoming Girls
Just like last year, the election will be held in the candidacy system, and the members of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, and former AKB48 members who transferred to its overseas sister group (Nakagawa Haruka and Chikano Rina) are eligible to stand as a candidate.
The reception desk period for the candidacy will be during March 25 at 4:00 pm ~ March 29 at 10:00 pm, and The voting for the election will begin on May 19 at 10:00 am until June 5 at 3:00 pm (JST).
A prompt report will be revealed at AKB48 theater (Akihabara, Tokyo) on May 20th, and the final results will be announced at the vote counting event at Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome on June 6.
The voting rights will go to those who purchase AKB48's upcoming 40th single (to be released on May 20, currently untitled), each group's fan club members, mobile members, and so on.
Source & Image: Oricon
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