The world's oddest election

Story highlights

  • AKB48 is Guinness World Records' "largest pop group."
  • More than 300 are running for the election for 16 spots on the upcoming song out in August.
  • More than 3 million votes have been cast in the last couple of elections.
  • AKB48 is the first female group in Japan to break 50 million in CD sales.

(CNN)There are stump speeches, handshakes and even an official statement refuting voting fraud.

But the election isn't for a president, but for an "angel" in the world's largest pop group AKB48. A total of 322 members are in the running for 16 coveted spots performing and singing their 49th single to be released in August.