JKT48, the AKB48 sister group based out of Jakarta, Indonesia, has decided not to participate in AKB48's World Senbatsu General Election.
The election results event will take place on June 16. This coincides with the Indonesian holiday Lebaran which celebrates the conclusion of Ramadan, one of the holiest months in the Islamic religion.
Lebaran will be observed between June 13 to 19. Many of the group's members will be returning to their hometowns during this time to celebrate the holiday and take a break from group activities.
This is the first year that AKB48 has opened up its Senbatsu General Election to its international sister groups. Only sister groups based in Japan had been allowed to participate before.