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The commission had said there was no rigging or cheating in the first national election since the end of Robert Mugabe's almost four decade rule.

European Union observers are due to give their preliminary report on Zimbabwe's election later on Wednesday, two days after its first ballot since Robert Mugabe was ousted by the military after 37 years in power.

Tension is rife in Zimbabwe after violence broke out on Wednesday, August 1, following claims by Opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa that the Monday, July 20, election was rigged in favour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

John Dramani Mahama, former president of Ghana, urges all sides to exercise restraint a day after election-related violence killed three people in Harare, the capital.

He has repeatedly accused ZANU-PF and election authorities of trying to use a flawed electoral register and fixed ballot papers to steal the election. Officers responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets.

"I was making a peaceful protest". "This is our government". This is exactly why we wanted change.

The MDC leader tweeted: "THANK YOU ZIMBABWE ..."

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Mnangagwa's main contender, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has already claimed he has won the election.

Chamisa's spokesman, Nkululeko Sibanda, told reporters the army's reaction was unjustified.

"We saw the deployment of military tanks and the firing of live ammunition for no apparent reason".

Its representative, Angola's Foreign Minister, Manuel Domingos Augusto, called the poll "a political watershed in Zimbabwe's history" that would lead to "consolidation of democracy".

ZBC had reported that the electoral commission would announce the presidential results at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT) on Wednesday, but only parliamentary results were read out.

"We had no weapons". Why are the army here beating us? "This is not an election it is a disgrace on our country", one young man, Colbert Mugwenhi, said.

The UN and former colonial power the United Kingdom both expressed concern about the violence, in which three people were killed after troops opened fire.

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The most important thing for us now is to move beyond yesterday's tragic events, and to move forward, together.They, alongside the families of the victims, are in my thoughts and prayers at this hard time.

Troops have opened fire in Zimbabwe's capital Harare after opposition supporters went on the rampage.

Both the opposition and Western election observers have urged that presidential election results be released as soon as possible.

This in turn would have allowed it to start unlocking the billions of dollars of donor funding and investment needed to get its economy - at independence, one of Africa's most vibrant - back on its feet.

Chamisa declared an early victory on Tuesday long before the counting had been completed - including in the rural regions that tend to overwhelmingly support the ruling party.

ZEC chief Priscilla Chigumba said the presidential result may not be ready until Saturday. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo). The 40-year-old vibrant leader says they have "won the popular vote".

The EU's assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can shed its pariah status as it could help attract investors and trigger an economic revival.

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