|By Bhas Kunju
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have announced that the elections for the position of president and vice-president will take place on May 2 during the Extraordinary Congress.
Former vice-president, Zhang Jilong, has been serving as the Asian football governing body's acting president, following the lifetime ban issued by Fifa to disgraced leader Mohammed bin Hammam for allegations of corruption.
In a push towards more female representation in the organisation, the Extraordinary Congress will also be used to elect a female AFC vice-president, as well as two female members to the AFC Executive Committee. One position on the Fifa Executive Committee is also up for vote.
Former Australian national women's football team member, Moya Dodd, has been the vice-president of AFC since 2009. Dodd has also been nominated by AFC for the position of women's football representative in the Fifa Executive Committee, with elections set to take place in May at the Fifa Congress in Mauritius.
Both presidential and vice-presidential, as well as the Executive Committee terms, run from 2013 to 2015.
Zhang, who has been with AFC for 14 years, and is the first Chinese AFC president, is expected to be a frontrunner for a permanent post.
The final list of candidates standing for the elections will be released on April 2, with the nomination process open from January 31 to March 3.
Zhang, speaking on the elections, promised an eventful year of football ahead in Asia: “We will have to work towards making the year 2013 memorable for Asian football. Our teams and administrators made us proud in 2012 and I am confident that we will better that mark this year.
“We have many events lined up in 2013 and we, as guardians of AFC and Asian football, must make sure that the continent scales newer heights each year.”