The Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT) has been served with a legal letter by the United National Congress (UNC), claiming that the Government is abusing its authority for this election period. In a letter dated May 15, 2010, Om Lalla stated that his client, the UNC, entered into contractual arrangements with various television and radio companies to purchase broadcast airtime. However, Lalla stated the Government had demanded the same air time for which the UNC had already entered an agreement. Those days include May 16 (today), May 17 and May 23. The letter stated that failing to hear from the authority would result in the UNC seeking redress in the High Court without notice.
Lalla stated that on May 14, a formal notification from the Government Information Services Ltd was sent to all television and radio companies. The letter claims that the notification said "that they (television and radio companies) are required to allocate certain days and times for an address to the nation by Mr Patrick Manning, Prime Minister, of T&T." Lalla stated: "The times demanded are prime air time, which include the following days all at 8 pm, at which times our client has already entered into contractual arrangements with several radio and television stations."
As such, Lalla referred the authority to Section 3 of the Telecommunications Act of T&T, Act No 4 of 2001. Part of the act establishes conditions for, "an open market for telecommunications services, including conditions for fair competition, at the national and international levels." Lalla has asked the authority to exercise its powers in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, to ensure that there is equality of treatment for all citizens.