Stevie Chan says he will proceed with his preparation to be an independent candidate in Port Dickson. - Pic credit Twitter @tapaimalaya

KUALA LUMPUR: Following the Election Commission's (EC) announcement on the key dates for the Port Dickson by-election, an independent candidate affirmed his stand in contesting the seat.

It was earlier mentioned that Stevie Chan Keng Leong would throw his name in the hat to stand against PKR candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

In a statement issued today, Chan said he would proceed with his preparation to be an independent candidate for Port Dickson.

"I applaud the EC's allowance for a 14-days campaign period. I have limited means, but I hope with the support of those who share my concerns, we could use the days to show our politicians - no matter from which side - that the voice of the Rakyat cannot be taken for granted again," Chan said.

The statement was posted on his Twitter account @tapaimalaya.

He also remarked that in his opinion, the "forced by-election is completely unnecessary and untimely".

"At a time where everyone needs to work together to realize the aspiration of Harapan voters, especially in reform agenda and policy-making, such distraction is unwanted," he said.

Chan, who previously tweeted under the handle @youtiup, added that politics should be about serving the rakyat and not the politicians.

The EC today set Sept 29 for nomination day and voting on Oct 13 for the Port Dickson parliamentary seat by-election.

The by-election was triggered following the resignation of its incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah of PKR.

The resignation was to pave the way for a by-election for Anwar to contest in, as the incoming PKR president attempts to make a return to Parliament.