The reason was the lack of necessary supplies (books and security sheets) for the issuance of electronic documents, a situation that had already been warned by the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR).
Yesterday, said institution presented the Report 012-2022-2-5996-SCEheld between April 1 and November 12, 2021. It details that Migration officials “delayed without justification the process of purchasing 700,000 booklets for electronic passports and security sheets”, which caused long queues and even the suspension of attention.
The responsible officials belong to the Office of Administration and Finance (OAF) and the Supply Unit.
The document indicates that the Immigration officials made the late decision to make the purchase through public bidding, thus extending the termunnecessarily” and not considering the warning from the Directorate of Operations (Dirop).
By August 2021, Migrations was warned of the increased demand for passports and the limited stock they had. By July of that year, there were 463,000 passports and it was projected that in August more than 90% of the passports would be sold out in all locations.
That is why Dirop asked the Migration Administration and Finance Office to carry out a market study for the purchase of supplies.
However, the workers delayed the investigation stage that had ended on September 29, 2021 with the listing of the company that had already been the provider of Migrations.
They reversed the process until the stage of acquittal of queries, which led to the quotes being given only at the beginning of November, to later decide that the purchase be made by public tender in order to supply the 700,000 booklets for S/14′. 336,000.
Consulted on this issue, Migrations reported that today it will convene a press conference, chaired by Superintendent Jorge Fernández, where they will detail the flow of passport delivery.
The delays in the delivery of passports generated a crisis in which hundreds of users, who had paid for the document, had to wait more than 200 days to get an appointment.
This situation generated the appearance of notices from unscrupulous people who illegally obtained the 1,000 additional appointments that Migrations made available daily to sell them through social networks. These obtained about 8% of citations, according to data from the police computer division.
Complaints against officials accused of charging bribes to expedite passport procedures were also added to this situation, as happened with counselor Willian Lizgardo in Puno.