Pandit Lloyd Mukram Sirjoo, newly elected President of the Inter Religious Organisation of Trinidad & Tobago (IRO) for 2021-2022 term. (Image courtesy Pandit Lloyd Murkram Sirjoo Facebook)

The new president of the Inter Religious Organisation of Trinidad & Tobago (IRO) is Pandit Lloyd Mukram Sirjoo.

An official statement from the IRO confirmed the group ushered in a new executive on Saturday 26th June, for the 2021–2022 term.

Pandit Sirjoo succeeds Reverend Dr Knolly Clarke, who held the reigns as President for three terms. Reverend Dr. Knolly Clarke now serves as 1st Vice President, with The Rt. Reverend Joy Abdul Mohan holding the position of 2nd Vice President.

“As an umbrella body comprising a number of diverse Faith Based Organisations (FBOs), the IRO continues to partner and collaborate with both religious and non-religious bodies to engender a healthier spiritual and moral value system, so as to underpin the intellectual and economic advancement of all citizens,” the IRO statement said.

Immediate Past President of the IRO, Reverend Dr Knolly Clarke, will serve as 1st Vice-President under the new executive’s 2021-2022 term.

This year’s annual election of officers was held virtually via Zoom, the IRO’s release explains. Overseeing the election process and acting as the returning officer was Senior Bishop Ray M. S. Braithwaite of the Triune Archdiocese, who is an Adviser to the Patriarch of the National Congress of Spiritual Baptists.

The IRO’s new Secretary is Baba Neal Ryan Rawlins, supported by Assistant Secretary Pandit Jairam Ramsubhag.

Abbess Germaine Charles Jordan and Imam Imtiaz Ali hold the positions of Treasurer and Public Relations Officer, respectively.

Three trustees also were selected as part of the executive, which includes Mother Joan Irish, Brother Shafiudeen Ali and Dr. Ellis Burris (PhD).

The new executive has pledged to carry forward the organisation’s 3Rs Principle—Revisioning, Restructuring and Reorganising.

“This principled approach is a strategy to contemporize and reform its operations internally, as the IRO sees itself as a pivotal change agent within our twin island state,” the IRO statement noted.