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MATT election set for April 11

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Matt deputy convenor of the interim body Dale Enoch, fourth from left, addresses members, from left, Sheila Rampersad, Vishala Ganesh, Vindhar Suraj, Sunity Maharaj, Vernon Khelawan, Kalifa Clyne and Lisa Agostini during yesterday’s emergency meeting at NALIS, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA

The Media Association of T&T will hold fresh executive elections on April 11. Yesterday, Matt members agreed on the election date and March 23 as nomination day after they met in a special emergency session at the National Library, Port of Spain. The meeting was called by senior journalists after Matt’s executive, led by president Curtis Williams, collapsed last month throwing the association into disarray. 

The journalists yesterday agreed to the establishment of an interim three-member governing body, with an alternate member, to take the association forward and put systems in place for the elections. Senior journalist Sunity Maharaj, managing director of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies, Dale Enoch (a former Matt president) and Guardian Media Ltd journalist Kalifa Clyne were named on the interim body. Their mandate is to take the Matt to elections. Vindhar Suraj, of Jaagriti Communications, was named alternate member.

Dr Shelia Rampersad and Vernon Khelawan volunteered to support the interim governing body in its work. At the meeting, which was chaired by Enoch and Wesley Gibbings, secretary of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers), various concerns were raised about MATT’s future and its relevance. Also present at the meeting was president of the T&T Broadcasters and Publishers Association Daren Lee Sing and vice president Kavita Maharaj. They both implored journalists to work together to keep the association, which was formed in 1987, together.

Rampersad said it was critical that MATT’s executive is installed quickly, especially with a general election looming.


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