Preliminary results gave the DLP 15 of the 21 seats at stake with the other six going to the United Workers Party (UWP) led by Lennox Linton. In the last election in 2009, the DLP won 18 seats and the UWP three.
Skerrit, won his Vielle Case constituency and UWP leader, Lennox Linton won the Marigot constituency which he took over from former prime minister Edison James.
In a radio and television address shortly after the preliminary results were announced Skerrit, whose party now has 15 seats, down from 18, appealed for unity in building the country.
“I accept the will and verdict of the people,” he said.
The DLP leader congratulated Linton - a first timer, on entering the new Parliament, saying the outcome of the polls showed that the island had become “mature democracy”.
But in response, Linton said the election had been won by intimidation and bribery and accused the ruling party of orchestrating such a strategy to ensure it remained in power.