Monday, June 6, 2011

Eida cancels thousands of ID applications

The Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) last week cancelled 5,000 applications of candidates who missed their second consecutive registration appointment.

According to a news report in Gulf News, the application fee of such defaulters has been forfeited by the authority. “The cancellation of application means the entire pre-registration process has been cancelled; when they do the process again, definitely they have to pay the fee [again],” Dr Ali Al Khoury, Director General of Eida, has been quoted by the daily today.

According to the official, Eida gave the defaulters a second chance by rescheduling their appointment after applicants failed to turn up the first time. Those who missed the second appointment too will now have to go through the whole process once again, he said.

Al Khoury said the authority had to take strict action because many people fail to turn up for registration on appointment. “They waste their time and others’ too,” he said.