Up to 45 election forums costing taxpayers $180,000 had to be cancelled after district council candidates refused to attend, legislators heard. The remaining 269 sessions held by the district offices each attracted an average of only 60 people, some of whom were believed to be canvassing agents. The lukewarm response was raised by unionist legislator Leung Yiu-chung, who won a seat in Kwai Tsing in the November 29 election. Officials have been criticised for hosting forums at unpopular hours and locations. At the Legco sitting yesterday, Mr Leung asked if alternatives would be offered in view of the poor response. In a written reply, Secretary for Home Affairs David Lan Hon-tsung said the arrangements would be reviewed. 'We will also consider whether alternatives to election forums are feasible,' he said.