But the mood quickly descended into anger and chaos as supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition declared they were being cheated in the election count.
European Union observers questioned the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary poll, Zimbabwe's first since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign following a de facto coup in November after almost 40 years in power.
Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has won the most seats in parliament, according to incomplete official results.
Worldwide observer missions from around the world released preliminary statements on Wednesday that largely withheld judgment on the allegations of rigging and other irregularities, though most at least noted that the media had been polarized and biased in the lead-up to the election.
The ruling party has also released all its V11 forms - critical election results documents - to prove that it had not attempted to rig the polls.
But, is there a possibility that the opposition MDC-Alliance which has lost most of the Parliamentary seats to win the Presidential contest? "We won the popular vote [and] will defend it", Chamisa said on Twitter.
She added that the United Kingdom was monitoring the situation closely and further advised British nationals in Harare to check the latest travel advisory issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The EU did not understand why the release of the presidential result was taking so long, Brok said. You voted for total Change in this past election!
ZEC said it would start announcing results for the presidential race from 10.30 GMT. They believe the election has been stolen, and are demanding the MDC be announced as victor.
An opposition supporter hold his hands up after being sprayed with a water canon and in clouds of teargas on a street in Harare.
Correspondents stress that Wednesday's violence is confined to the centre of Harare - an opposition stronghold - while other parts of the country remain calm.
The deployment of soldiers and their beating of unarmed protesters tarnished incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa's attempts to rid Zimbabwe's derelict status after decades of repression under his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.
Its population of 13 million is struggling amid shortages of foreign currency, unemployment above 80% and lack of foreign investment.
The case is different outside the ruling party headquarters, as there was no sign of supporters or heavy presence of security agents.
In the capital Harare many people went about their usual daily grind, including queuing up for scarce cash outside banks.
The crowds had been there since the morning but when news came that Zanu-PF had won the majority of seats in parliament and that the presidential results were not ready, the mood turned.
Chamisa, 40, said. He also accused the commission of announcing the parliamentary results first to "reverse the people's presidential election victory", and "prepare Zim [Zimbabwe] mentally to accept fake presidential results".
Supporters of Chamisa's MDC party have blocked streets and burned tyres.
He said: "We have seen how we have won in those areas including rural areas, we were leading, and now they want to hide on the Zanu PF usual manipulation that they control rural areas".
Mr Mnangagwa, a former deputy president who fell out with Mr Mugabe and then took over from him, has said his showing in the presidential polls was "extremely positive" while urging people to wait for official results.
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