A Labour Party push to make voting a 'civic obligation' is opposed by West Midlands MEP James Carver.
UKIP MEP James Carver says the lacklustre and out of touch crop of Labour, Tory and Lib Dem politicians currently in Westminster are turning people off politics and the only way to tackle apathy is to shake up the political establishment by getting a greater UKIP presence in the Westminster Parliament.
Walsall North MP David Winnick wants to see an Australian-style system introduced whereby voting would be a 'civil obligation' and people who do not vote, or at least express their intention to abstain, are fined.
But, commenting on the controversial move, West Midlands MEP James Carver, UKIP's Parliamentary Candidate for Stourbridge, said the best way of getting more people engaged in politics, is to inject more life into Westminster and Town Halls up and down the country.
He said: "Making voting a 'civic obligation' is not the right way forward. A proportional voting system would be a better way of encouraging people to make their views known at the ballot box.
"Postal voting is being used in an attempt to boost voter turnout, but that comes with the danger of electoral fraud.
"It's sad to see low turnouts at elections, but sadly the situation is really about apathy. People see a collection of bland, cardboard cut out, Oxbridge educated politicians, who are out of touch with voters. It's time for a breath of fresh air and that breath of fresh air is UKIP."