Normally an edl would be used to send a selects list to a colorist, etc.,
or as a last resort to cross editing platforms (since XML/AAF are better).
What would be your use for an exported edl?
Have you tried importing the edl anywhere aside from Premiere?
Have you tried export / import of XML or AAF files?
Frankly, I haven't had any use for a 'plain vanilla' edl for over a decade.
There are a variety of options offered when exporting an EDL.
These options need to be considered in conjunction with how the Sequence (audio/video layers) are set up. (managed for the edl export)
Source footage management is vital in any EDL workflow and even more so when digital clip based ( as opposed to tape based linear assets). ie. Digital clips have "unusual" filenames and are buried deep in folder structures. Filenames can be duplicated in a card to cards system. (mxf would be an exception)
The EDL is usually used between systems.
In your case you are testing on the same system and assumeably the source footage resides there as well. This is a case for managing the "source" so as the links work.
Example. When I take footage to a Resolve Suite out of house. I set up all the source footage on an transfer drive in the same manner ( filenames, folder names etc) as the original local drive .