The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has been voted as the most open public service institution and has been give the Golden key Award by the media institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter.
On the contrary the Blantyre City Assembly has been given the Golden Padlock Award for being the most secretive public institution.
The awards were given as part of the commemoration of the Right to Know Day whereby MISA also takes advantage of to lobby for the enactment of the Access to Information law which is currently at draft level.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony held at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre, MISA Malawi Chairman, Anthony Kasunda said his organisation did a research on the shortlisted public institutions on how free they are to give information to the public.
Ironically Blantyre City Assembly got the Golden Padlock Award at the time Kasunda is being rumoured to be leaving The Nation and joining the Assembly as its Public Relations Officer.
It is expected that the veteran journalist will help improve the communications at the assembly.
Receiving the Golden Key Award, MEC spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa said he was delighted that his institution had won but at the same time felt challenged to maintain it.
“As we have received this award, we now have the challenge to defend it next year but we are grateful that the work we have been doing has been recognised outside there,” he said.
Mwafulirwa said the Commission would continue to be innovative and proactive in the dissemination of information to the public.
MISA Malawi has been giving the two awards every year for five years now.
For the 2014 awards, MEC engaged researchers which did a study between May and July, 2014 on 10 public service institutions which apart from the two included MACRA, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ministry of Local Government, Accountant General, Ministry of Natural Resources, Blantyre Water Board and National Aids Commission.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :