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04 April 2012

Details of AKB48's 4th Senbatsu Election

More information regarding AKB48's 2012 Senbatsu Election have been released on AKB48's Official Blog. It is officially called the "AKB48 27th Single Senbatsu Election", but is also known as "AKB48 4th Senbatsu Election".

AKB48 Official Blog Post: http://ameblo.jp/akihabara48/entry-11213131099.html

Fans will vote for the 64 members for AKB48's 27th Single, using the code provided in the Normal Edition of AKB48's 26th Single, [Manatsu no Sounds Good!]. Part of the proceeds from the 26th Single will be donated to the Dareka no Tame ni project, towards earthquake recovery.

Eligible candidates for the election are:
AKB48 - 88 members (15 each from Teams A, K and B, 16 from Team 4, and 27 Kenkyuusei members)
SKE48 - 65 members (14 from Team S, 16 from Team KII, 13 from Team E, and 22 Kenkyuusei members)
NMB48 - 66 members (16 from Team N, 16 from Team M, and 34 Kenkyuusei members)
HKT48 - 21 members (16 from Team H, and 5 Kenkyuusei members)

For a total of 240 candidates.
Maeda Atsuko has withdrawn from this election - please see our post about her most recent video message.

There will be 64 spots available:
1-16 - Senbatsu Members
17-32 - Group A (official name to be determined, same as below)
33-48 - Group B
49-64 - Group C

"Media Senbatsu" group is no longer in effect.

How to vote:
1 - a ballot is included with each Normal Edition copy of AKB48's 26th Single, [Manatsu no Sounds Good]
2 - if you are a member of the Official AKB48 Fan Club
3 - if you are a member of the Official AKB48 Mobile Fan Club
4 - if you are a member of the Official AKB48 Smartphone App
5 - if you are a subscriber of AKB48 Live On Demand monthly plan
6 - if you are a member of AKB Official Net
7 - if you are a member of SKE48 Mobile
8 - if you are a subscriber of SKE48 Live On Demand monthly plan
9 - if you are a member of NMB48 Mobile

Voting Period
May 22nd, 2012 10:00
June 5th, 2012 14:59

Preliminary - May 23rd, 2012 at AKB48 Theater
Official - June 6th, 2012 at Budokan

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