Monrovia – Victor Tanwone Sr., the president of the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA), the entity that aims to build the capacity building of various types in Accounting and Accounting-related disciplines for both private and public sectors of the Liberian Economy have commended President George Weah for early conceding in the just ended Presidential run-off election that took place on November 14, 2023.
By J.H. Webster Clayeh (0886729972)[email protected]
On November 14, 2023, Liberians from all walks of life converged at various pooling sites throughout the country to exercise their constitutional right to vote for the next President of Liberia -an election that was tightly contested between the incumbent George Weah and former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.
On November 17, 2023, the National Elections Commission, the entity clothed with the constitutional authority to conduct and release results of elections, such provisional results, thus putting former Vice President Boakai of the Unity Party in the lead with 50.89 percent and 49.11 percent in favor of President Weah of the CDC.
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 President Weah in his wisdom graciously conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent Boakai on his victory.
Such a move, the president of the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants terms as very noble and honorable.
According to Mr. Tanwone, the president’s concession speech highlights his unwavering commitment to upholding the tenets of democracy by overseeing 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 country above self,” LICPA president said.
Mr. Tanwone added: “Congratulation 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.”
The LICPA boss also used the same medium to extend to former Vice President Boakai, president-elect his heartfelt congratulations on his victory as the soon to be 26th President of Liberia.
He calls on 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.
Mr. Tanwone added 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.
“It’s no more President Weah versus former Vice President 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,” he said.
He added: “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.”