<![CDATA[[caption id="attachment_7438" align="aligncenter" width="563"] File photo: Passport offices are invariably congested[/caption] Passport application processing has been halted in the Western Region following the breakdown of a digital camera for capturing images of applications, sources close to the Regional Passport Office have revealed. The suspension has been in force since March 27 and services are expected to be restored on April 3, 2017. Some prospective applicants who had travelled from the length and breadth of the Western and Central regions to have their passport application forms processed, were left stranded as long queues were formed at the Office located at Sekondi. “We got here 4:00am and it is 6:00pm but we couldn’t start the process,” one of them told Connect FM Meanwhile, some of the prospective applicants were attacked on March 22, attacked by alleged armed robbers while on their way to the Passport Office to process their application. Regional Enforcement Officer of the Ghana Immigration, Chief Superintendent Lawrence Adjei Agyapong who confirmed the incident to host of Asem Yi Dzi Ka on Connect FM, Malik Ramzey said the robbery occured at two different locations within the Metropolis. He said some of victims had bruises on parts of their bodies when they arrived at the Passoport Office, adding some of them lost valuable items and sums of money in the robbery attack. Mr. Agyapong cautioned the public to desist from forming queues at dawn since they do that at their own peril, noting that the Office opens to the public at 8:00am on weekdays.