This is the third time for the electoral governing body to bag the award, which is part of commemorations of the International Rights to Information Day.
In its reaction, MEC said in a statement published on its website: “We at the Commission are so honored and excited to be recognized in this manner. Each year on MISA marks International Right to Information Day by launching the annual Government Secrecy in an Information Age: Report on Open & Secretive Public Institutions in Southern Africa by the Media Institute of Southern Africa.”
MISA coordinates researchers across southern Africa between May and July each year to evaluate the openness and transparency of government and public institutions throughout the region. The researchers evaluate institutions’ websites and survey their willingness to engage with the public by sending out written requests for information and requesting information via telephone or in person.
The result of the research is the published report and the awarding of the Golden Key to the most open government or public institution and the Golden Padlock to the most secretive government or public institution in each country where the research was conducted.