However,he had said that his party had yet not decided on who the candidate would be.
Meanwhile,Elections Commissioner Mahinbda Deshapriya said that 12 parties had notifiedthe Election Commission that they would be fielding candidates for thePresidential election.
TheElections Commission is scheduled to call for nominations for the Presidentialelection prior to October 15th.
The date callingfor nominations would be announced after September 20.
There are70 political parties registered in Sri Lanka.
In 1982six candidates contested the Presidential election, in 1988 three, in 1994,six, in 1999 13, in 2005 13, in 2010 22 and in 2015 nineteen.
Meanwhile, the Elections Commission is scheduled to meet on September 09th todiscuss about the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha election and the Presidentialelection.