Senbatsu Election

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The Senbatsu Election (選抜総選挙) (also known as Senbatsu Sousenkyo) is an annual event where fans can vote for their favorite AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, NGT48, STU48, or Team Kaigai member, analogous to a popularity contest. The members who receive the most votes are announced on the day of the election, but votes are submitted beforehand.

Currently, the 80 members who have the most votes are then grouped: Senbatsu (#1~#16), Undergirls (#17~#32), Next Girls (#33~48), Future Girls (#49~#64) and Upcoming Girls (#65~#80). Each of these five groups releases their own song and music video for the following single. To commemorate the 10th Senbatsu Election in 2018, a sixth unit called the 10th World Senbatsu General Election Commemorative Category‎ (#81~#100) was added. The "Senbatsu" unit was also rebranded as "Sekai Senbatsu" due to AKB48 groups outside of Japan being allowed to participate.

In 2019, it was announced that the year's Senbatsu Election would be cancelled. The event has not been held within the 48 Group since the announcement.

JKT48 have their own Senbatsu Election, known as "Pemilihan member". SNH48 also have their own Senbatsu Election. MNL48 also have their own Senbatsu Election. BNK48 also have their own Senbatsu Election.

Results

See also: List of ranked Senbatsu Election members

Trivia