SADA Sivan Naicker is confident of winning the general election and becoming a parliamentarian.
Mr Naicker, 61, a former Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority employee now running his own business, will contest under the National Federation Party banner.
Commonly known as "anna" which means elder brother in the Tamil language, Mr Naicker stepped aside from his position as the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam's national president on June 17 to contest the election.
"I have been a community worker for the past 35 years and it's my personal decision to contest the general election," he said.
"Since I have served in cultural and sporting organisations, I thought of taking up the challenge to enter politics and contest the election.
"I know that I have tremendous support and I can say that my candidature will also be a boost for the NFP. I am confident of winning a seat in parliament."
Originally from Koronubu in Ba, Mr Naicker worked as a Customs officer for 39 years and retired last year.
He is the patron of Nasinu Soccer Association, chairman of Valelevu Health Centre's board of visitors and a justice of the peace among other posts he holds.
"I stepped aside as the TISI Sangam's national president in the best interest of Sangam.
"Some Sangam members may also contest the election for some other political parties and as the head of the organisation, it's better that I step aside and contest.
"But considering my service to the community, including the TISI Sangam, I know that I can pull a lot of votes and be in parliament after September 17," said Mr Naicker.