This year again AKB48 and its sister groups will hold an election to decide senbatsu members. The 37th Single Senbatsu Election will take place on June 7th in Ajinomoto Stadium. Voting tickets will be included in the 36th single which will be relased on May 21st. This 36th single will also include an Oshima Yuko graduation song called [Kyou made no Melody].
Again this time, there will be a candidate system for the election meaning that the eligible members can decide whether they want to participate in the election. Eligible are AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48 members but also former AKB48members who are now members of overseas groups, i.e. Nakagawa Haruka and Chikano Rina. For the election, the new shuffled team system will be used.
A novelty this time is the number of ranks: 80 ranks instead of 64. The ranks 65~80 will be the ‘Upcoming Girls’.
The 37th single with the elected members will go on sale sometime in August.
AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu Election
June 7, Ajinomoto Stadium
1) AKB48 SKE48 NMB48 HKT48 Members (except members who have announced their graduation until March 22nd)
2) Former AKB48 members who have completely transfered overseas (Nakagawa Haruka, Chikano Rina)
Time Period for Announcing Candidacy
March 31st, 2014 4:30 pm~April 6, 2014 11pm
37th Single Senbatsu: 1~16
Next Girls: 33~48
Future Girls: 49~64
Upcoming Girls: 65~80
Eligible to Vote
1) Members of AKB48’s Official Fanclub Nihon Hashira no Kai
2) AKB48 Mobile members
3) Members of AKB48’s Official smart phone app
4) AKB48 Live on Demand monthly subscribers
5) AKB48 OFFICIAL NET members
6) SKE48 Mobile members
7) SKE48 Live on Demand monthly subscribers
8) NMB48 Mobile members
9) NMB8 Live on Demand monthly subscribers
10) HKT48 Mobile members
11) HKT48 Live on Demand monthly subscribers
12) Voting tickets included in AKB48’s 36th single (title TBA) limited/regular/theater edition
May 20th, 2014 10 am ~June 6th, 2014 3pm