Zimbabwe's electoral commission will begin releasing results from the presidential election "very soon", commissioner Qubani Moyo said. File picture: Matthews Baloyi/Africa News Agency (ANA)

Harare - Zimbabwe's electoral commission (ZEC) will begin releasing results from Monday's presidential election "very soon", commissioner Qubani Moyo said on Thursday, without giving details.

International observers have urged the ZEC to release results as soon as possible to avoid further violence after three people were killed on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters.

ZEC said on Thursday it would call a news conference to say when the presidential results could be announced, saying media reports that the results would be released at 9 pm (1900 GMT) were inaccurate.

Moyo told reporters the electoral agency would give greater clarity on the timing of the release of the presidential election results at a press conference to be held at around 5 pm local time (1500 GMT).

Deputy ZEC chairman Emmanuel Magade assured Zimbabwean citizens that there was "absolutely no skulduggery" in this week's presidential election.