INCUMBENT district board members have achieved an average meeting attendance of 89.2 per cent over the past three years. Records provided by the City and New Territories Administration showed the 19 district boards held 20 to 40 meetings during the three-year term that will expire at the end of the month. Four of the 425 members who sat through the whole three-year term were absent from half or more than half of the meetings. They were appointee Liu Lit-for of Central and Western district, elected members Wai Hon-leung of Sha Tin, Chiu Kin-man of Eastern and Lee Kin-sang of Kwai Tsing. None could be reached for comment yesterday. According to the District Boards Ordinance, a member faces disqualification if he fails to attend meetings for six consecutive months without any prior notification. None of the candidates has been disqualified so far. Twenty-six members had lower than 70 per cent attendance. Of them, four are standing for re-election. They are Tsui Pak-lam, Chow Yick-hay and Leung Yiu-chung of Kwai Tsing district and Vivian Chih Wan-wan of Central and Western. Ms Chih has moved her battlefield to Southern this year. Both Mr Tsui and Mr Leung are members of a local concern group, the Neighbourhood and Workers' Service Centre. Mr Leung has been returned unopposed. Mr Tsui attended only 15 of the 27 meetings and Mr Tsui attended 18. Neither was available for comment yesterday. Mr Chow, a United Democrat, said he had attended almost all the important meetings dealing with the district's affairs. Mr Chow, who was absent from nine of the 27 meetings, said sometimes he could not make it because of work or clashes with his Regional Council schedule. He did not think his attendance was poor, but agreed it was a member's duty to attend meetings. Ms Chih, who failed to show up to 15 of the 40 meetings, said most of those from which she was absent were closed-door meetings. She said she did not attend partly because she objected to the closed-door policy and partly because they were about unimportant issues. She said she was on leave from September 1992 through to October 1993 to study international law in England. But she flew back to the territory 12 times to fulfil her district board duty. A lecturer of the City Polytechnics's Applied Social Studies Department, Leung Kwan-kwok, said the average attendance rate of 89.2 per cent was high, but it failed to reveal the quality of work provided by district board members. He said the attendance rate did not show whether members stayed for the entire meetings or if they actively participated in them. He did not believe that there should be a stricter monitoring of members' performance, saying elections were the best way to achieve that end. But a social work field instructor at Hong Kong University, Chui Wing-tak, suggested members should be disqualified if they missed meetings for three, instead of six, months. He also recommended making it mandatory for district board members to attend at least three sub-committee meetings. He agreed that the 89.2 per cent attendance rate was high.