The Sousenkyo or General Elections, one of the, if not the biggest event of the year for Idol group, AKB48, and it’s sister groups, was just held on June 18th, at the Hard Off Eco Stadium in Niigata.

The battle for the coveted #1 spot it always heated, with the preliminary results showing that popular AKB48 member, Watanabe Mayu, has a slight 907 vote lead over last year’s winner, HKT48’s Sashihara Rino. However, with the finally votes tallied, Sashihara came on top once again, making AKB48 history as the the first member to win back to back Sousenkyos. With Sashihara as center, we will all see a Senbatsu with many returning members but several new faces as well, which will definitely be interesting to see! Here are the results of the Senbatsu from this year’s Sousenkyo!

#1 Sashihara Rino

HKT48 Team H

Final Vote Count: 243,011

#2 Watanabe Mayu

AKB48 Team B

Final Vote Count: 175,613

#3 Matsui Jurina


SKE48 Team S

Final Vote Count: 112,341

#4 Yamamoto Sayaka


NMB48 Team N

Final Vote Count: 111,411

#5 Kashiwagi Yuki


AKB48 Team B / NGT48 Team N III

Final Vote Count: 92,110

#6 Miyawaki Sakura


HKT48 Team K IV

Final Vote Count: 78,279

#7: Suda Akari


SKE48 Team E

Final Vote Count: 69,159

#8 Shimazaki Haruka


AKB48 Team A

Final Vote Count: 68,126

#9 Kodama Haruka


HKT48 Team H / AKB48 Team K

Final Vote Count: 60,591

First Time Senbatsu by Sousenkyo

#10 Mutou Tomu


AKB48 Team K

Final Vote Count: 58,624

#11 Yokoyama Yui


AKB48 Team A

Final Vote Count: 58,610

#12 Kitahara Rie


NGT48 Team N III

Final Vote Count: 50,190

#13 Mukaichi Mion


AKB48 Team K

Final Vote Count: 47,094

First Time Senbatsu by Sousenkyo

#14 Okada Nana


AKB48 Team 4

Final Vote Count: 43,318

First Time Senbatsu by Sousenkyo

#15 Takahashi Juri


AKB48 Team 4

Final Vote Count: 40,648

First Time Senbatsu

#16 Nyan Nyan Kamen (Kojima Haruna)


AKB48 Team ? (Team A)

Final Vote Count: 40,071

And there you have it! The Senbatsu for the 8th Sousenkyo! Please look forward to them in the upcoming 45th single!

Source: AKB48 Official Sousenkyo Page