- A visa fee waiver has been approved by the federal government, for accredited observers and monitors of the 2019 elections
- The waiver is in consideration of the plight of accredited observers and monitors who have been caught-up by the re-scheduled elections
- All affected individuals and organisations have been advised to visit the NIS Visa Desk at the INEC headquarters
The federal government has approved visa fee waiver for accredited observers and monitors of the nation’s upcoming general elections.
Comptroller-general, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, announced this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, February 20, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he said that the waiver was sequel to the re-scheduling of the general elections to Saturday, February 23 for presidential and National Assembly, from February 16; and March 9 for governorship and House of Assembly, from March 2.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gave logistics and operational problems as reasons for postponing the polls.
Babandede said that waiver was in consideration of the plight of accredited observers and monitors who were caught-up by the re-scheduled elections.
He urged all affected individuals and organisations wishing to extend their stay or travel back to their countries and return for the next elections to visit NIS Visa Desk at INEC headquarters.
He said: "The desk officers will attend to those requiring extension of their visas issued Gratis (No Fee Charge).
“This provision became necessary to afford those affected, the opportunity to travel out or return without violating the immigration provisions that relates to entry and exit with valid visa and document.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government on Wednesday read the riot act to INEC and warned the electoral body against postponing the elections again.
The minister of foreign affairs, Mathew Onyeama, said the government demands assurance from the commission that the presidential and the National Assembly elections scheduled for February 23 would hold.
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