Candidate in Venezuela shot dead before election

Assailants burst into Jose Felix Pineda's home Saturday night.

— -- The death of a candidate in Venezuela’s highly contested elections taking place on Sunday is being investigated after a group of assailants entered his home and fired several shots, a local prosecutor has said, according to the Venezuelan Public Ministry.

Assailants burst into the home of 39-year-old José Félix Pineda on Saturday night, according to an attorney for Ciudad Bolivar, the capital of Venezuela's southeastern Bolívar state. The news of Pineda's death before today’s vote was announced Sunday via the Venezuela’s Public Ministry’s Twitter account.

“A group of people broke into the residence of the victim located in the sector Brisas del Sur Tres and shot several shots,” the ministry said on Twitter.

Pineda was on a ticket to become part of Venezuela’s potential new constitutional assembly, which would be tasked with rewriting the country’s constitution.

The political opposition is boycotting Sunday's vote. Demonstrators made a final effort to flood streets across the country amid threats of years of jail time for anyone who publicly protested. Violence has left at least 113 dead and nearly 2,000 wounded in four months of protests, according to The Associated Press.