Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been the first to register with newly acquired Biometric Voter Registration kits.The country kicked off its election registration process this week, although no election date has been set.”I declare officially open the biometric registration of voters,” Mugabe said from his residence in the capital Harare.The BVR kits have been provided by a Chinese company Laxton Group Limited. President Mugabe said his government was fulfilling its mandate by making the kits, funded by the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP), available.The country is expected to receive a total of 3,000 kits by the end of the year, in preparation for the elections scheduled sometime in 2018.On Thursday, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chair Rita Makarau said all voters who wish to participate in the 2018 elections must re-register by 15 January.Biometric registration – a first in Zimbabwe – will be done “through fingerprint registration and facial recognition technology,” Makarau said.