PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Calypso Association (2009) has ratified the July 3, 2014 decision of the Appeals Committee, which resulted in the reinstatement of Stephen ‘Esteban’ Edmund and Ezra Augustin to the respective competitions, that is, the Groovy Soca and Power Soca Competitions.
This took place at the Association’s General Council meeting held at ECCO on July 8, 2014.
The Appeals Committee had previously recognised that Augustin is not a member of the Saint Lucia Calypso Association (2009). Thus far, action has been taken to regularise both Edmund and Augustin’s membership.
NG Soca Stage, Tent Leader Kayode Francois said he was satisfied with the process and decision taken by the Appeals Committee, stating that there was no attempt on his part or that of his Tent to mislead the Association.
“There are lessons to be learnt in this whole process,” said Francois. “We are satisfied with the mechanism through which this matter was handled, therefore, we accept the position of the Appeals Committee.”
Chairman of the Saint Lucia Calypso Association (2009) also said he was pleased with the manner in which this matter was handled and expressed the need for greater due diligence moving forward.