MONROVIA: More and more congratulatory messages continue to pull in for the President Elect, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai on his historic election as the 26th President of Liberia as one of Liberia’s foremost professional institution, the Liberia Institute of Chartered Public Accountant(LICPA) has felicitated with the renowned statesman for this feat and also commended President George Manneh Weah for being thoughtful to take the honorable route by sending him his congratulatory message when the total results were yet to be finalized and announced.
The celebratory development was made known yesterday, Monday, November 20, 2023, through a passionately worded press statement read by the President of LICPA, Mr. Victor SBK Tanwone Sr, in the conference room of the LICPA, where the institution described the epochal development as a significant milestone in the history of the country and an indication that the country’s nascent democracy is strongly taking root.
Tanwone historicized that precisely on November 14, 2023, Liberians from all walks of life converged at various polling sites throughout the country to exercise their constitutional right to vote the next president of the republic in an election that was highly contested between the incumbent, President George Manneh Weah and Amb. Joseph Nyuma Boakai. Every Liberian eligible to vote, exercised that right.
“On November 17, 2023, the national elections commission, the entity clothed with the constitutional authority to conduct and release results of elections, announced the provisional results, thus putting Amb. Joseph n. Boakai of the Unity Party in the lead with 50.89 percent and 49.11 percent in favor of His Excellency, Dr George Manneh Weah of the CDC of ballots counted as at that date.
“Given the total votes obtained by the Unity Party, and that, if the remaining votes were won by the CDC, the total won’t surpass that of the unity party, the incumbent, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah in his wisdom graciously conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent Amb. Joseph N. Boakai on his victory. A move I termed very noble and honorable”, he said.
Tanwone further said an in-depth analysis of the president’s concession speech, highlighted his “unwavering commitment to upholding the tenets of democracy by overseeing a free, fair, transparent and credible elections as he promised throughout his tenure to date”. “The president’s concession speech did not only demonstrate his respect for democratic values but his unwavering commitment to put county above self”, he said.
“Congratulations, Mr. President for you did not only earn yourself national, but regional and global respect and admiration as a true democrat. You have once more made our beloved country Liberia a model of example that other nations can follow.
“At this juncture, I cease this opportunity through this medium to extend to Amb. Joseph N. Boakai, president-elect my heartfelt congratulations on his victory as the soon to be 26th President of the republic”, he said..
Tanwone whose administration over the years has forged a working partnership with the government, urged all Liberians, irrespective of political affiliation, association and or divide to unite and put country above politics and political association and support the president-elect and his new government for the singular reason, that any action or inaction that seeks to undermine the newly elected government, will not only hurt the president and his government but Liberia as a whole and the most.
“It’s no more President Weah versus Amb. Boakai. Politicking is over. It’s time for all Liberians to come together, unite and support the new government for the common good of our country.
“I am also pleased to call upon the president- elect to put at the forefront, the implementation of his campaign promises to the Liberian people, only then, will he fulfill the dreams, hope and aspirations of the Liberian people.
“Liberia has won!
“May God bless, prosper and protect the works of the hands of the president-elect and save the republic”, the statement concluded.
The Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA) is the successor of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Liberia (LICPA) which was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1933. It was established by an Act of the National Legislature in June 2011 to regulate the accounting profession in Liberia. The LICPA is empowered to set standards, license accounting and assurance practitioners, build capacity and do all things appertaining to regulating the accounting and assurance professions aimed at building a strong and vibrant public accounting sector in the country.