The only candidate for the presidency of a 2nd-division team in Ecuador was shot to death just minutes before the beginning of club elections.

Police officer Juan Vinueza said Aucas club director Monica Gordon was killed on Thursday.

Ramiro Gordon, Monica's father, told radio La Red that somebody entered his daugther's office and opened fire after saying that she shouldn't have become involved with Aucas. Ramiro Gordon is also a club official and one of the team's top investors.

Monica Gordon had been calling for a thorough investigation into the team's accounts.

Club spokeswoman Karina Burgos said there had been reports of threats but no one had been linked to them.

No one had been immediately arrested.