Imphal, June 14: Newly elected corporators of the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) today took oath as councilor at the conference Hall of IMC at 1.5 pm. The Oath taking ceremony was administered by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Imphal West Ningthoujam Geoffrey. Executive officer (EO) of IMC Ng. Uttam and former Chairperson of the IMC A. Nimai were also present during the oath taking ceremony.
Minutes before the oath taking ceremony begins, BJP corporators urged the DC and EO to administer the oath as corporators instead of councilor. However, EO Ng. Uttam said that even as the proposal to take the newly elected members as corporators has been made, as of now no reply has been forwarded to the IMC so they have no option but to administer the oath as councilor. Ng. Uttam further said that the procedure is also followed at other corporation outside the state and taking oath as councilor is no difference from taking as corporators.
Later, after the matter has been settled the DC Imphal West Ningthoujam Geoffrey administered the oath of office to the 27 newly elected representatives of the IMC.
Those representatives who took oath as the councilor of Imphal Municipal Corporation are – Gaidon of Ward No 1 (BJP), Thokchom Purnachandra of Ward No 2 (BJP), Hijam Nutanchandra of Ward No 3 (BJP), Laishram Arenkumar of Ward No 4 (INC), Hajarimayum Boby Sharma of Ward No 5 (BJP), Tourangbam Indrajit of Ward No 6 (INC), RK Jiten of Ward No 7 (INC), P Debala of Ward No 8 (INC), Soram Sunil of Ward No 9 (INC), S Tiken of Ward No 10 (Ind.), Maisnam Joychandra of Ward No 11 (INC), Potsangbam Premila of Ward No 12 (Ind.), Oinam Romio of Ward No 13 (BJP), Samom Rita Devi of Ward No 14 (INC), Thokchom Bankimchandra of Ward No 15 (BJP), Thokchom Eliza of Ward No 16 (BJP), Laimayum Inunganbi of Ward No 18 (BJP), Yumlembam Likamani of Ward No 19 (INC), Loukrakpam Tombi of Ward No 20 (INC), Joy Kabui of Ward No 21 (Ind.), Moirangthem Kumudini of Ward No 22 (INC), Loushambam Romola of Ward No 23 (Ind.), Meibon Phaomei of ward No. 26 (Ind).
In the recently held election Nine out of the 27 IMC wards have been reserved for women. 86 candidates from various political parties contested for the 27 seats and 128 candidates contested for 53 seats for ward members. BJP and INC contested in 26 wards while CPI contested five wards. LJP and JD (U) contested in 3 and 1 wards respectively. A total of 25 independent candidates contested the election.