(iWitness News) “A weakness connected to personnel” resulted in the case in which a passport was issued to someone who, more than five years ago, stole the identity of the young woman who would become Miss SVG 2016, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told the media on Monday.
Gonsalves, responding to a question at a press conference, said an internal investigation has been launched at the Passport Office to determine how someone was able to obtain a passport in Nikianna Williams’ name.
Williams, 22, learnt that her identity was stolen when she applied for a passport a few weeks ago and was told that she must first hand in the expired one to authorities.
But it was the first time that Williams was applying for a Vincentian passport.
The development raises questions about the process through which persons obtain Vincentian passports. The development comes almost five years after Canada imposed visa requirements on holders of passports issued by St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and St. Lucia because of “unreliable travel documents”.