rawalpindi - As many as 1,326 newly elected representatives of local government took oath of their offices yesterday here in the halls of Rawal and Potohar Towns.

The representatives who took oath included chairmen, vice chairmen, and 6 councillors from each union council.

There are 120 union councils in Rawalpindi District Council, 46 in Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation, 8 UCs in Municipal Corporation Murree, 23 wards in Municipal Committee Kallar Syedan, 19 wards in Municipal Committee Gujjar Khan, 22 wards in Municipal Committee Taxila, 14 wards in Municipal Committee Kahuta, and 14 wards in Kotli Sattian.

In the district council, 880 elected representatives took oath in Potohar Town Hall, and in their respective tehsils.

Similarly, a total of 368 representatives of the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation took oath in Jinnah Hall of Rawal Town.

Interestingly, no woman representative was elected from urban and rural areas of Potohar Town.

Elections were not held in 10 UCs of the district council due to delimitation issues and court cases.

An official of the district government while talking to The Nation said the election for district council chairman and municipal corporation mayors would be held soon after the election on reserved seats for women, technocrats, labour, and youth representatives for the councils and corporations.

He said that the elected representatives for the local governments would not be able to have financial resources in the current fiscal year. He said that the Punjab government had not allocated funds for the local government in the financial year 2015-16.

The official further said that the district bureaucracy would continue carrying out responsibility for running the financial and administrative affairs of the district. He noted that the elected representatives had to wait for a long time to gain administrative powers and financial autonomy.

Raja Altaf Qadir, who took oath as Chairman UC-91 Girja, said that he along with his panel would serve the area residents who voted them to power. He said that water supply project would be started in his village.

He said that schools and dispensary would also be built in Chakra.