THE Hibiscus Events Group is apolitical but the contestants needed to learn more about the election because they are of voting age, said group spokeswoman Lice Movono-Rova yesterday.
The 17 queen contestants were involved in an election workshop in the first half of the morning facilitated by the Elections Office.
"Being young women the girls are in a position to speak on issues that are very important, issues that are parallel to the manifestos of the various political parties.
"A lot of people have been asking them questions about their views on the important issues affecting the country," she said.
"And so we felt that it was necessary for them to have not just the Voter Awareness Education but also to hear from the Elections Office the importance of voting and the importance of a young voter, as you know most people are talking about youth voters."
She said the contestants needed to learn a thing or two regarding the upcoming general election.
"They need to get their (Elections Office) perspective, because they have been gotten a lot of questions from the media and other members of the public on how they are going to vote and whether they see voting as important and we have been holding back on questions like that because we wanted the girls to hear from the Elections Office," she said.
"The Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival is apolitical and we are not aligned to any ethnic group or any particular religious organisation and we do not discriminate on the basis of anything especially on a political belief, so we will not involve any political party, and we will not involve any campaigning in the lead-up to the festival or in the festival itself."