Winning councillor's 162 votes has leader calling for a new system
Political experts are calling for the introduction of compulsory voting to be considered following a record low turnout in a Boston election.
Only 13.6 per cent voted in last Thursday's Fenside by-election on Boston Borough Council.
UKIP's Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright became the second from her party to win a seat on the Conservative-led council.
But it is the record low turnout which has raised eyebrows – Cllr Keywood-Wainwright obtained 162 votes – just five per cent of the Fenside electorate.
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Doctor Jacqui Briggs, head of the school of social and political sciences at the University of Lincoln, said: "Turnout in elections is of key concern to politicians and political scientists alike.
"With only a 13 per cent turnout, questions invariably arise as to the legitimacy of the outcome.
"And given such a low turnout questions will be asked about whether voting should be made compulsory.
"Having conducted research in this area, I would certainly advocate that now is the time to seriously investigate whether, as in Australia and Belgium, the electorate should be compelled to vote."
Conservative Daniel Elkington and Liberal Democrat Alan Taylor were tied for second with 87 votes apiece and Labour's Ben Cook finished fourth with 75 votes.
Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council, said: "The turnout was hugely disappointing.
"It is getting worse and worse and for that reason I would certainly support a move to make voting compulsory.
"I can't see what else can be done."
"There is a real danger that nobody will be voting at all in a few years time.
"The result of the Fenside by-election is that nobody really gained any support."
The by-election was called after English Democrat Elliott Fountain was kicked off the authority after failing to attend a meeting in six months.
In 2013, he attended just two from a possible 13 meetings.
Speaking to the Echo, councillor Keywood-Wainwright said: "I am very happy to have won.
"There are a lot of very good people in Boston Fenside and this win is for the community.
"I am only the second UKIP member to win a seat on Boston Borough Council and I am proud of that.
"Some very nasty things were said to me by another candidate during canvassing but I have had the last laugh.
"I didn't even do that much canvassing because I had been very busy elsewhere."