President Sirisena is yet to announce his decision over this yet, he says.
Buddhist and other religious clergy, various organizations and the people want him to contest for a second term, says Prof. Piyadasa.
Describing the incumbent as the only qualified person to be the presidential candidate, he also says the SLPP should declare if it can find a better candidate.
Should discuss & decide
Meanwhile, UPFA MP W.D.J. Seneviratne says the SLFP, SLPP and other affiliate parties should all discuss together before deciding on their candidate.
Unity in the opposition is crucial as the UNP candidate will win easily if there
are two candidates from the opposition, he says.