AKB48 32nd Single Election

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The 32nd Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo (aka 5th General Election) has been announced. Voting ballots will be included in all editions of the 31st Single, to be released on May 22nd.

The ranking will be identical to that of last year:

01-16 Senbatsu
17-32 Under Girls
33-48 Next Girls
49-64 Future Girls

The actual ceremony will be held on June 8th, 5.30 pm, at Nissan Stadium, following their concert on the same day.

VOTING PERIOD
May 21st, 10 a.m. – June 7th, 3 p.m. JST
 
Voting Methods
 
(1) Voting Ballot included in regular and theater editions of 31st single
(2) Membership of AKB48 Fan Club “Nihon-bashira no Kai”
(3) Paid subscription to “xxx48 Mobile” (any of the four groups)
(4) AKB48 Official Smart Phone Application Subscription
(5) “xxx48 LIVE!! ON DEMAND” Monthly Subscription
(6) AKB OFFICIAL NET membership
 
Candidacy
 
One new system has been introduced to this year’s election: Members will have to announce candidacy to be eligible for voting.
Members with the right to become candidate are as follows:

(1) Current members of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48 (as of March 31st, 2013)
(2) Former members of AKB48 currently abroad (Takajo Aki, Nakagawa Haruka, Suzuki Mariya, Miyazawa Sae)
(3) Graduated members who were part of the franchise for four years or longer

Unless a member submits her form to the election committee until April 7th, she will not be part of the election. This goes for all the above.

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For reference, here is a list of former members that could – theoretically – be part of this election:

Urano Kazumi, Ohori Megumi, Oku Manami, Ono Erena, Kohara Haruka, Sato Natsuki, Sato Yukari, Nakaya Sayaka, Noro Kayo, Hirata Rikako, Hirajima Natsumi, Maeda Atsuko, Masuda Yuka, Yonezawa Rumi

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