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Thursday, February 8, 2018
O’Connor vows to sue over Fiesta score error

Calypsonian Duane O’Connor has threatened to file an injunction in court to halt Sunday’s Calypso Monarch competition if he is not placed as a finalist.

Yesterday, O’Connor, through attorney Keith Beckles, sent a pre-action protocol letter to Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) president Lutalo Masimba questioning why the points on his score sheets were changed following his performance at Saturday’s Calypso Fiesta in Skinner’s Park, San Fernando.

When the names of the 15 finalists for the Calypso Monarch competition were announced, O’ Connor, who sang “No Front Page,” was not in the line-up. He then requested the summary score sheet which showed one judge had changed his mark from 28 to 25 points in the melody category, but there was absolutely no reason(s) given for the change.

Beckles said in the letter that if the reduction had not taken place O’Connor would have been in the finals with a score of 413 points, as he would have been in the same position as five other calypsonians “even if there was a tie-breaking event, he would have been a finalist.”

As a result of the anomaly and lack of transparency, O’Connor approached the Adjudicating Review Committee, who responded by letter dated February 6 saying “his objections had no merit and stands dismissed.”

The committee also acknowledged there was no expressed rule with respect to the scratches and/or changes in the scores and the judge had initialled the scratch mark acknowledging his error.

In this regard, Beckles pointed out that TUCO failed to follow their own rules under part 3.8 of its handbook, which states where an error, fault or mistake are identified, the committee will allow a hearing to the adjudicator to present an explanation.

“In the circumstances, we demand that our client be awarded automatic qualification and/or advancement to the final round of the competition,” Beckles said.

He also demanded a reason/s for the score change. Beckles gave TUCO 12 hours to respond to the issues raised, failing which O’Connor has instructed him to file an application for an injunction to halt Sunday’s competition at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

Masimba, in a telephone interview last night, said the matter was being investigated by the committee.

“Once I get a response from the committee I will comment,” Masimba said.


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