Vice President Boakai Wants Guineans and Liberians to Collaborate

Tuesday, 27th May 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai wants Liberians and Guineans to work together to ensure peace and security in their sub-region.

“Whatever affects Guinea or Ivory Coast affects us. We should therefore share experiences to ensure that things are done properly, whether in the security sector or resource management,” Vice President Boakai observed.

He was speaking Tuesday when a five member team from the Commission Electoralle Nationale Independante (CENI) of Guinea, accompanied by IFES Guinea Director Elizabeth Cote and National Election Commission Chairman James Fromoyan, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.

Vice President Boakai noted that Liberia and Guinea share a lot in common, including  five common languages.

He observed that elections all over Africa are a source of conflict, and stressed the need to build confidence in elections on the Continent.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, the head of the Guinean delegation, Abdul Karim Bah, said Liberia had excellent elections, and that they were in the country to learn  from the Liberian experience, as Guinea prepares for parliamentary elections at the end of this year.

Also speaking during the meeting, NEC Chairman Fromoyan observed that peace in one of the Mano River Union countries would translate into peace into another.