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A pile of burning electoral material is seen outside the office of the National Electoral Institute (INE) in Juchitan, state of Oaxaca, June 1, 2015. Protesting teachers set fire to an office of the electoral institute and burnt electoral material in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca as the country prepares to hold its mid-term elections on June 7 amid tension and social unrest calling for a boycott of the elections. Regional elections across several states and for the whole lower congress in Mexico are shaping up to be tense in Oaxaca, where teachers have also joined movements against education reforms proposed by President Enrique Pena Nieto. REUTERS/Stringer

A pile of burning electoral material is seen outside the office of the National Electoral Institute (INE) in Juchitan, state of Oaxaca, June 1, 2015. Protesting teachers set fire to an office of the electoral institute and burnt electoral material in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca as the country prepares to hold its mid-term elections on June 7 amid tension and social unrest calling for a boycott of the elections. Regional elections across several states and for the whole lower congress in Mexico are shaping up to be tense in Oaxaca, where teachers have also joined movements against education reforms proposed by President Enrique Pena Nieto. REUTERS/Stringer

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A pile of burning electoral material is seen outside the office of the National Electoral Institute (INE) in Juchitan, state of Oaxaca, June 1, 2015. Protesting teachers set fire to an office of the electoral institute and burnt electoral material in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca as the country prepares to hold its mid-term elections on June 7 amid tension and social unrest calling for a boycott of the elections. Regional elections across several states and for the whole lower congress in Mexico are shaping up to be tense in Oaxaca, where teachers have also joined movements against education reforms proposed by President Enrique Pena Nieto. REUTERS/Stringer

A leftist candidate running to become a federal lawmaker in Mexico's upcoming mid-term elections was killed on Tuesday, in the latest example of deadly violence in the run-up to the vote.

Miguel Angel Luna, of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), was shot dead by armed assailants in his campaign office in Valle de Chalco, a populous suburb of Mexico City, the attorney general's office for the state of Mexico said.

Eloi Vazquez, a PRD spokesman, said he did not know whether Luna had received any prior threats.

Since March two candidates running in mayoral races have been slain in the southern states of Michoacán and Guerrero and a third woman who was planning to run in Guerrero was killed.

On Sunday, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faces his first national vote since winning the presidency in 2012.

The lower house, nine governorships and various state legislatures are up for grabs.

In the run-up to the vote, 16 candidates have been killed, with recurring threats of boycotts and disruptions from unions and criminal groups.

Radical groups and unionised teachers have vowed to block Sunday’s voting for the lower house of congress, nine governorships and hundreds of mayorships.

Reuters