City Telecom chairman and co-founder Ricky Wong Wai-kay announced his independent candidacy yesterday for the information technology functional seat. Mr Wong, a founding member of the Liberal Party, had already told chairman Allen Lee Peng-fei of his decision to quit the party. 'A representative of the information technology sector should put the industry at first priority, that's why I left the Liberal Party,' said Mr Wong, noting that he had not been an active party member. Mr Wong, 36, said he would take a back seat in the listed company's management to work as a full-time legislator if elected. He would not resign from City Telecom because of a three-year contract he signed with the callback service provider when it was listed in Hong Kong. Mr Wong, a low-profile figure in politics, said he decided to join the fray for the new functional seat on the advice of friends in the industry. He did not think the result of the Election Committee poll was significant in predicting voters' support. Hospital Authority deputy chief executive John Tse Si-yin topped the list of 53 candidates in the subsector with 849 votes. Mr Wong said: 'Voters can choose only one candidate on May 24. Their requirements will be much more stringent.' He said he would call on all of the 3,100 voters in his sector, either at their offices or homes. Apart from Mr Tse, Mr Wong will be running against the Democratic Party's Sin Chung-kai and the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance's Edward Yung Kai-ning. Part of Mr Wong's plan to promote information technology is to seek an Executive Council seat for the sector and better representation on advisory bodies, as well as forming an information technology federation.