Accounting heads call for Electoral College acceptance

The move comes as a number of Republicans in the House and Senate have announced their intentions to challenge November’s election result

The leaders of the US’ big four certified public accountant (CPA) firms have come together in urging Congress to allow a smooth transition to the Biden administration.

An open letter called for the country to “move forward” as Congress prepares for a certification of November’s Electoral College vote on Wednesday (6 January).

Two notable inclusions among the business leaders who have backed the statement are Timothy Ryan, the US chair and senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Joseph Ucuzoglu, CEO at Deloitte.

In addition, Kelly Grier, US chair and managing partner at Ernst & Young, and Paul Knopp, US chair and CEO at KPMG, have also backed the letter.

The letter said: “This presidential election has been decided and it is time for the country to move forward. Attempts to thwart or delay this process run counter to the essential tenets of our democracy.

“Our duly elected leaders deserve the respect and bipartisan support of all Americans at a moment when we are dealing with the worst health and economic crises in modern history. There should be no further delay in the orderly transfer of power.”

While the perfunctory vote usually takes place without incident, a number of Republicans in the House and Senate look set to challenge the Electoral College results amid president Trump’s allegations of voter fraud.

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