Culture Minister, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly says an audit will be conducted after carnival 2018 to determine which mas body should sit on the National Carnival Commission board. She was interviewed by the Trinidad Newsday, recently.
Responding to questions following the High Court dismissal of a challenge of one of her decisions by one of the mas bands representative groups, the minister said, “Based on our initial understanding, the consultation process to determine the criteria against which the membership audits are to be done can and will continue after Carnival.”
The minister’s decision to appoint a representative of the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) to the board of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) in January, last year, was challenged by the TT Carnival Bands Association (TTCBA).
NCBA president David Lopez had been given a short-term appointment to the board, which was to have ended on October 29.
In an oral ruling, Justice Joan Charles held that the minister had the power to appoint Lopez, the incumbent board member, but urged the minister to proceed expeditiously to complete the setting of the criteria and audit of which organisation was the most representative of Carnival bands.
The minister, in a previous interview, assured that the NCC will continue to run the mas aspect of Carnival 2018 with the input of all mas stakeholders.