Additional information about the AKB48 3rd Senbatsu General Election has been released on the Official Blog.
Voting will start on 24 May 2011, and will last until 8 June 2011. The Single itself will not be released until August. Voting tickets are included all copies, except theater, of AKB48's 21st Single Everyday, Kachuusha.
A whooping total of 152 members from AKB48, SKE48 and NMB48 will take part in the 3rd Senbatsu General Elections. However there are only 40 available slots; 21 Senbatsu and 19 Undergirls. Doubt that the Senbatsu girls will have a major change from last year so the ones to look out for are the Undergirls. Oh and of course not forgetting the throne, lets see if Acchan can take it back from Yuko, or will another person steal it? Tomochin maybe?
Like the previous years, an unaffiliated third party company will count the votes. The vote counting will be performed under the surveillance of a lawyer to ensure that vote counts are accurate.
All members of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, as well as their Kenkyuuseis, are eligible.
AKB48 - 70 members
(Team A: 16 , Team K: 16 , Team B: 15 , AKB Kenkyuusei: 23)
SKE48 - 57 members
(Team S: 16 , Team KII: 16 , Team E: 16 , SKE Kenkyuusei: 9)
NMB48 - 25 members
(Team N: 16 , NMB Kenkyuusei: 9)
Grand Total - 152 members
#01 to #12 - Media Senbatsu
#13 to #21 - Regular Senbatsu
#22 to #40 - Undergirls
Contrary to reports on TOKYOHIVE, you DO NOT need to be a member of the Fan Club to vote. Anybody who purchases the Single can vote. The several voting methods are as follows. Note that you only need one of them to vote.
1. Voting serial number card enclosed with 21st single "Everyday, Kachuusha"
2. Members of AKB48 fanclub "Hashira no kai"
3. Members of AKB48 Mobile
4. Subscribers to monthly AKB48 LIVE!! ON DEMAND
5. Members of SKE48 Mobile
6. Members of NMB48 Mobile
24 May 2011, 10:00 to 8 June 2011, 15:00
Initial results: 25 May 2011
Final results: 9 June 2011