The largest and most anticipated AKB48 event this year is the 8th AKB48 General Election which would be held at Hard Off Eco Stadium Niigata in Niigata City on the 18th of June, 2016. The live coverage will be provided by Fuji TV, as was done in the previous 4 years.
So what is this general election about? It is the event that most AKB48 fans are excited about! Called the “Senbatsu Sousenkyo” in Japanese or the Senbatsu Election in English, this event is held annually. Put simply, this event is a popularity poll in which fans can vote not only once, but multiple times for their favorite member of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, NGT48 or Team Kaigai. The results of the ranking are important as it decides the allocated positions for the members during promotions of their upcoming singles. As such, the 8th AKB48 General Election is also termed the “AKB48 45th Single General Election,” since the results of the election are meant to decide which members would be given the most important positions for their 45th single.
Preliminary results of the voting were announced on the 1st of June, 2016 at the AKB48 Theater. The preliminary results show that the current top 10 members are Watanabe Mayu, Sashihara Rino, Matsui Jurina, Yamamoto Sayaka, Suda Akari, Kashiwagi Yuki, Okada Nana, Kodama Haruka, Takeuchi Saki, and Takahashi Juri. Therefore, fans can get a basic idea of who will be in the top spots.
How about the rest of the preliminary results? For those who don’t know, there is actually a member called Nyan Nyan Kamen who is currently ranked at number 11. This is actually popular member Kojima Haruna who decided not to use her real name when she registered for the election. Her decision may cause her to lose potential votes from those who do not recognize her alias, though!
For the rest of the ranking for top 100 members, you can head over to the Oricon site which is in Japanese only. Are you excited for this year’s election? Who do you think will take the top spot?