Political greenhorn Chaing Chi-wai is expected to make a formal bid to become a candidate today in December's Legislative Council by-election. Mr Chaing, who declared his intention to run yesterday, said he had secured more than 200 nominations and over HK$600,000 in funding for the election campaign. Despite being inexperienced in politics, he said he was confident he would become a 'meaningful' contestant to the two favourites supported by rival political camps - former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, backed by pan-democrats; and former security secretary Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, backed by Beijing loyalists. Mr Chaing, who chairs a number of truck and traffic policy concern groups, has been a vocal activist on local transport issues. He has demanded a wavier of fuel tax, and more balanced policies in competition between cross-border transport and river trade. The Shanghai-born man said he had no party affiliation and would be running as an independent candidate, but claimed some of his friends in other political parties, including Miriam Lau Kin-yee, of the Liberal Party, had also expressed support for his candidacy. Ms Lau's party has backed Mrs Ip, who also secured the support of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. 'I understand that it will be a tough battle. But no one can be sure what the election results would be until the very end,' said Mr Chaing, 53, a father of two. He said he had not planned to run in the by-election until about two weeks ago. 'I do not want to see the government colluding with big enterprises anymore. I do not want to see the political parties all locked in power struggles instead of taking care of people's interests anymore. 'That is why I decided to run. I shall fight for justice,' Mr Chaing declared, flanked by some 30 supporters, most of whom are from the transport sector. Describing himself as being 'pro-universal suffrage', Mr Chaing said one-man-one-vote for the legislature should be achieved in 2012, with the chief executive post to be returned by direct elections in 2017. Lawyer Siu See-kong yesterday announced that he would file his nomination papers today.