Turkish celebrities cast their votes in landmark elections
The co-partner of Turkey’s global Nusr-et chain of grill houses, Nusret Gökçe, globally known as “Salt Bae” for his meat-cutting and salt-drizzling skills, is one of them.
Gökçe shared a photo on Instagram showing him standing in front of the ballot box with his trademark gesture just before casting his vote.
“One vote is important so I have come this morning from far away for presidential election,” Gökçe wrote on Instagram.
Comedian and stand-up performer Cem Yilmaz cast his vote in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district while famous singer Sezen Aksu went to the polling station in the city’s Beykoz district.
Singer Özcan Deniz also shared a photo on social media while casting his vote.
The voting process for 56.3 million registered citizens in all 81 provinces of Turkey began 8 a.m. and will be finalized at 5 p.m. local time at 180,065 ballot boxes across the country.
Six candidates are in the running for the Turkish presidency in the election, including current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
In a tight contest, Erdoğan wants to win a new mandate in the first round but the opposition could force a run-off on July 8.