AKB48 General Election voting fraud allegations “absolutely not true”

GONDOLA Co., Ltd., the company who manages the voting system used for the ongoing AKB general election, have responded to allegations concerning voting fraud.

On May 31, participating fans were shocked by the announcement of the preliminary first day votes in which NGT48 member Yuka Ogino came in first place, breaking records with over 55,000 votes received. Immediately those unhappy with the results cried fraud, thinking in no way possible an overall relatively unknown NGT48 member managed to shoot up the rankings over 90 places from the previous year, let alone come in first place by a huge margin.

Fans took to the web to claim that due to a system failure with NGT48’s mobile website, it was possible to duplicate your vote.

We have made every effort to ensure the system is working as intended, but some fans have raised concerned about fraudulent voting,” explains GONDOLA’s lawyer. “We went over the data again and there is no evidence this had happened.

Those that are saying ‘fraudulent voting’ are misunderstanding the situation. After voting on the screen when you use the ‘return’ button, it will allow you to press the voting button again thinking two votes were counted, but only the first vote is successfully counted,” explains GONDOLA.

We report that voting is strictly monitoring,” the company ensures.

(via ORICON)

  • Comments

    • Sakura Harano

      90 places is a lot, did she do anything new that would gain her that much popularity such as variety shows, starring in a drama, or being center in one of the MVs?

    • guest
    • eplizo

      It must’ve been Russia.

      • surfboardt

        Yuka has Aki-P piss tapes.

    • maguro part deux

      Did Steve Harvey announce the winner?

    • Nikki

      Yeah right. It’s impossible for NGT members to sudden get this huge rise in popularity when their debut single didn’t even sell that well and the hype for them was lukewarm at best. Nevertheless, I think they’re trying to avoid another 2013 NMB incident which is why they’re standing by this – besides, it adds more drama (it was all over the morning wide shows and newspapers) and makes fans want to spend more.

      Gotta admit even if it’s fake it is exciting to see new faces in senbatsu lol.

    • Michele

      That’s not the only *alleged* fraud here.

    • JSBLove

      Why would it be fake if the IT company that handles the votes themselves say that the votes are legit…

    • Jessica

      Who do you guys think will win this year? I’m hoping it’s Mayuyu

    • lovehello

      Jealous, that’s all w but I wouldn’t put it pass them to do something like this intentionally. Yuka is my oshi though, so I’m conflicted if it is fraud

    • yamakita

      I find the denial redundant. Who is going to respond to this type of allegations with admission?

    • Zakiiii000

      since one person can vote for numerous times, nothing impossible. It just happen that Ogino has one, two, or some super rich and generous fans.

      the angry fan (other member fan) maybe get jealous because they’ve been trying to turn the things around for their oshimen many times and vailed, but Ogino’s fan successfully did that in the first try.