A Citizens Party member is quitting to stand as an independent in November's District Board election. Leung Kwong-cheong, a provisional regional councillor and District Board member for Kwai Tsing, said he had faced difficulties trying to co-ordinate with other potential candidates in the district. 'I asked some friends in the district to join the party but they all refused because they felt this party is too far away from their views,' he said. He said it was difficult to get co-operation from other likely candidates because of his links to the party. 'If I want to bargain with other political groups on the poll, I have to do it now because they will finalise their candidate list by next month. Otherwise, I will be unlikely to get a good bargain,' he said. Mr Leung was confident his chances would not suffer without the party's financial and emotional support. He said other political groups had approached him and he might consider joining another party when he decided to stand for the Legislative Council election next year. Party chairwoman Christine Loh Kung-wai was surprised by Mr Leung's resignation and was unhappy about the way he handled it. 'He should have told us his decision well before the annual general meeting held three weeks ago. I just can't understand why there is such a big change within this short period of time. 'I have no idea whatsoever why he has to quit. He has the freedom to choose how he develops his political career. I can only say that I wish him good luck.'